Valeria Tapia, Class of 2023
From: Nogales, Arizona
Minor: Information Science, Technology & Arts
Valeria Tapia is motivated. She’s a first-generation college student, a Magellan Scholar, member of multiple campus clubs and organizations, and she maintains a high GPA. She’s already a success, working toward a future in audio engineering – and with the University of Arizona’s resources, and her family cheering her on, she’s aiming for the stars.
I am most passionate about the technology of sound. I love to work with anything that is audio-related, and the science of sound is very interesting to me. After college, I plan on continuing my studies in a field like audio engineering or music technology.
What keeps me motivated is the fact that I am a first-generation college student, and that studying what I like will hopefully get me to my dream career. Also, being able to make my family proud and beat the odds. Family is the most important thing to me, and I receive a lot of support from them.
My family and I are all from Hispanic roots. My father is Mexican-American and is of Yaqui descent – he was also born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. My mother is also Mexican-American born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico but raised in the United States in Nogales, Arizona. All my immediate family are from Mexican-American descent including myself. My father’s biological mother is half-blood Yaqui. While my father’s grandfather is full-blooded Yaqui born in Mexico.
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