Victoria Garcia Unzueta

Victoria Garcia Unzueta is is a freshman from Dodge City, Kansas and is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications. She is a research assistant for the Project on the History of Black Writing and is involved in several organizations at KU, including the Emerging Scholars Program and the Scholarship Hall community.

I was born in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico and moved to Kansas when I was six years old. This had an impact on me as I learned to adjust to not only a new town, but also a new country and a new life. It took some time to get used to, but I had a lot of support along the way. Being different from other kids in school helped me learn the value of perseverance and individuality. For many years I tried to hide my identity and erasing my culture, however over time I realized how important both those were to who I was, so I began to use my identity as a sense of pride and a tool to help inspire others. Coming from a background of education also helped instill in me a passion for learning, which led me to work hard on my academics, eventually helping me graduate in the top 1% of my class. This reaffirmed the fact that I worked hard to get here and helped me appreciate everything I’d been through to get where I am now.

Culture has shaped my life tremendously. Being Hispanic, my culture is part of what makes me who I am, so it’ something that I cherish deeply. My culture has taught me the value of hard work, from watching my parents work to give my family a better life, to seeing how our community as a whole works relentlessly to succeed in life. It has also taught me the value of community and supporting one another. As Hispanics, there’s a big emphasis on protecting one another and supporting others, which is something that I carry with me wherever I go.

In high school I was very involved with both yearbook and our school’s newspaper, working as a reporter my freshman and sophomore years, then as Managing Editor and Editor-in-chief, junior and senior year respectively. Through that I was able to meet countless interesting people and have the chance to tell their stories. Having the opportunity to be in a place that allowed me to use my voice and creativity to highlight the accomplishments and stories of others is what fueled my passion for media and led me to decide to pursue journalism as my college major.

When I came to KU I wish I knew that the people here are dedicated and passionate about helping their students thrive and succeed.

My dream job is to be a travel writer because it encompasses all my passions; traveling the world, exploring new cultures, writing and photography.

My favorite memory at KU is becoming super close to my floor and finding a family in them.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the J-School is all the incredible professors I’ve had.

There are many things that have shaped me into the person that I am today, but one of the most impactful things has been the teachers I’ve had in my life. From actual academic teachers to teachers in life, there have been countless people who have shaped my values and taught me about the world.

One of the biggest things that inspires me is my friends. I have a wonderful group of friends who constantly push me to be my best self and are always super supportive of everything I do. Not only that, but they’ve all done incredible things, from fighting for voting rights, chasing after their dreams of being professional animators, and working to help others in the medical profession, my friends and their accomplishments inspire me and make me hopeful for the future.

When I graduate I will always remember the craziness that was my freshman year. From watching Snoop Dog live, to all the crazy times in Allen Fieldhouse, and lastly, ending my freshman year at home due to a worldwide pandemic.

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