Hi! My name is Charon Martinez and I use pronouns she/her/hers. I am proud to be a first-generation, Hispanic/Latinx student attending Boston University in January 2022. I would describe myself as a resilient, intrinsically motivated, and organized leader. These traits are what allowed me to persevere in life and school. I am graduating as a member of the Summa Cum Laude Society and I am in the top 8% of my class. Beyond academics, I am very passionate about staying connected with my culture, and for 13 years I’ve done so through folkloric dance. Additionally, I am a social justice advocate and plan to bring my voice onto campus to bring about change. During my time in college I would like to immerse myself in different cultures and expand my horizons by traveling abroad. First place on my list: London, as it is part of the CGS program at BU.
Why did you decide to join the College Crusade Honorific Program?
I decided to join the Honorific team because I did not have anyone to help me in the college process, as I am a first-generation student. Also, I figured that going to the boot camps would help me be able to help me siblings in their process when their time comes.
Please share a memorable moment you have in the Honorific Program.
A memorable moment would have to be when we were playing [a game similar to] “Jeopardy!” about everything we learned in the boot camp. This was a standout moment for me because not only did I win, I knew I was prepared to begin the college process.
What role did College Admissions Coach Ana Almeida play in your success?
Ana introduced me to all the terminology involved in the college process and set me with several documents that kept me organized when I started applying. Aside from the group meetings, she has always been there when I had a question or needed some advice and always made time for me.
What are you most looking forward to in your first year of college?
I’m looking forward to change, a breath of fresh air, and the start of living life to the fullest.
What challenges are you anticipating in the years ahead?
As Boston University is a large institution, I anticipate struggling with the campus and that sense of community. I plan to connect with people on my floor and also join clubs that speak to me and my values. I also think that mastering transportation won’t be easy as the train is the most popular method.
What words of advice do you have for the next group of Honorific seniors (Class of 2022)?
JUST DO IT. I am referring to the summer boot camp. I know it’s summer and you probably don’t want to be on Zoom that early but I promise you it’s beyond worth it. During my Honorific boot camp I was also managing an internship and a math course, so I know what it’s like to have a full schedule. Looking back at it, starting the college process at such an early stage really set me up for success. Lastly, shoot for the stars. Don’t be afraid to apply to your dream schools; you can do it!