Mariel is from Puerto Rican heritage and is pursuing a dual major in Veterinary Technology and Technology Management. The importance of heritage was taught and reinforced at home by her parents. Both her parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the U.S. at an early age. They also instilled in her the value of culture, family, education, service and leadership. Currently, Mariel is the Head Resident for her resident building at Alfred State as well as the President of the Alfred State Dance Team and the Dance Chair for the Latin American Student Association. Mariel hopes to serve as a role model for her sisters and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Her belief is that it is important for young Latinas to represent their culture in leadership roles in whatever career ﬁeld they may choose.
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