Posted Saturday, January 7, 2012 by Katie Hippert
College is often thought of as one big balancing act. Many students choose to get involved in as many things as possible to broaden their college experience. Tonalli Juarez is one such student that is involved in several activities and takes a full load of classes every semester. The sophomore Psychology major is currently a member of five different clubs and organizations, three in which she holds an officer position.
“It’s really important that you balance everything out, which I think can apply to everything in life,” said Juarez. “It can be difficult to try and make everything fit. I surprisingly don’t use a planner, but I make sure to take mental notes of what I have to do each day throughout the week.”
Juarez is a member and Director of Operations of the Multicultural sorority Lambda Phi Xi. She is also the Director or Recruitment and Marketing for the Multicultural Greek Council. Both of these positions have helped her learn a great deal about what it takes to be both organized and professional. Juarez’s involvement in these two organizations has also provided her with a window of opportunity to make new friends, which has been a great way to intertwine her social life with her extracurricular activities.
Additionally, Juarez is the Historian for the Health Occupation Students of America on campus. HOSA is a nationwide club for future health professionals, and a chapter was just established at the University last spring. As Historian, Juarez has to be sure she attends all club events so she can take pictures to organize into the club scrapbook binder.
On top of holding the above three positions, Juarez is actively involved in LSAB, the Latino Student Advisory Board, and the organization VOX, Voices for Planned Parenthood. She enjoys being a part of these two clubs because she believes the clubs attempt to fight different stigmas through education.
“Being a member of the clubs has been really interesting,” said Juarez. “I still always remember that I’m here for my academics though, so I try to get all my homework done and then come the extracurricular activities.”
Juarez admitted that though it is hard sometimes to keep up with her schedule, she tries hard to make time for herself so she can relax and watch her favorite TV shows. She also loves attending Wolf Pack game days.
“I love our school spirit,” said Juarez. “Everyone is so energetic and happy and we all come together to have a good time and cheer on our team.”
Juarez is looking forward to her remaining years at the University, and plans on continuing to balance her life accordingly so that she can be successful academically and remain involved in all of her extracurricular activities.