Introducing Some New Mambo Bloggers

We are thrilled to kick off the new year by introducing you to three amazing guest bloggers that will be sharing fresh, new insights and observations with you over the next few months. Each is a current or recent Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Scholar with an amazing story to share and a unique perspective on the world today.

We’re excited to have them on board!

Camille Quiñones

My name is Camille Quiñones and I am currently in the middle of my junior year at Purdue University. I am studying Agricultural Communications and Naval Science. When I’m not in class I also take the role of a Midshipman in the NROTC program as a Marine Corps option. The Midwest is a big change from my beloved Texas but I always find time to connect with those that helped me get to where I am. Now starts my time as a Mercury Mambo guest blogger and I am excited to connect with you all.

Josefina Ibarra

My name is Josefina Ibarra and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in northern California, moved to Utah, and finally ended up in San Marcos, Texas. My hobbies include Facebook, looking up places that I would one day like to visit, reading a book once in a while such as Luis Alberto Urrea’s “Into the Beautiful North” and when I am not researching or reading I am jogging across the Texas State University campus where I am a student. Currently, I am working on a BA in Political Science, I sit on the national student advisory council for AAUW (American Association of University Women), I write blogs every now and then for them, and I am also involved with various organizations on and off campus. On a different note the most recent highlight in my life, I just finished up an internship in Washington DC and enjoyed everything about being an intern and seeing the ‘big picture’ of this country. I saw it as the behind the scenes that not many get to see. Not to mention I met so many powerful people who I usually saw on TV and never in my life did I imagine I would get to meet in person.

Maria Chavez

Maria Chavez was born in Guerrero, Mexico to two hard working parents on November 8, 1987. They moved to the US when she was two, and since then she  has continued on her parents’ quest for the “American Dream.” She is the youngest with her twin brother of six siblings, and she was the second one to go to college. Thanks to organizations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium and great mentors, Maria graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a major in International Business and a minor in Marketing on May 2010. While attending the university she worked part time at the Austin School of Film, a non-profit film school, and studied abroad for a semester at Madrid, Spain. Now, she continues to work at the film school and also works at Descuento Libre, a deal-of-the-day website targeted towards the Latino community. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and volunteering around Austin.