Karelys López Rivera, Undergraduate Student Representative
Charting Her Own Path: Puerto Rican Public School Student Becomes Rising Technological Star
When Karelys received her university acceptance letter, she anticipated a scene similar to ‘the ones in the movies, where everyone’s happily screaming and excited.’ However, the reception she received was very different. “My family couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to stay at home and get a regular job.” After shedding a few tears of disappointment, Karelys moved on. However, it wasn’t until she connected with friends who had also received acceptance letters that she felt validated in celebrating her accomplishment.