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Eliana Sejas is a 2010 graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with concentrations in Environmental Affairs and World Politics. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant of the AviancaTaca station at the Washington Dulles International Airport. Eliana demonstrated a strong desire to enhance the life of the Latino community, whether in her home town or in college. As president of the largest Latino organization at Virginia Tech and president of the only Latina sorority in her campus she created awareness about different issues that the Latino community faced. Most importantly, she also implemented new educational programming and community outreach that empowered students to be proactive and make a difference. Eliana has also volunteered with the Hispanic College Fund in efforts to empower more high school students to pursue higher education. Eliana is committed to living fully and doing work that makes a difference in communities. Professionally, she hopes to work with people to design, build, and strengthen organizations that add value to communities.
Why are you passionate about higher education?
I am passionate about improving the quality of life of others, specially those in my community. The best way to have an impact in our communities is through nurturing ourselves and most importantly, our youth. Obtaining a college degree expands career opportunities and enhances personal development which in turn enhances the quality of life of each person and the community they live in as a whole. Education at every level is imperative, and it is a treasure that no one can take away from you.
What is the key of success for you?
Be passionate, persistent, and resilient. Passion is what fires that drive within ourselves to achieve anything we want. Which might not be easy to do, therefore it's important to be persistent. Never give up, and have discipline. Do what you know you need to do, even though you don't feel like doing it and if you fall be resilient. Adversity will always come our way and hit hard, so be strong and spring back up to keep trying.