Sofia Zertuche derives inspiration to get a bachelor’s degree from her mother, a teacher from Mexico, who lacked the opportunity to complete her college education in her native country. However, she has encountered some obstacles along the way. One has been cost. To overcome that, she stayed close to home and enrolled in courses at Oakland University, even though she had very much wanted to go to a large, four-year institution.
Her chance came, and today, she is a senior pursuing her BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Michigan (UM), with the help of an HSF scholarship. As part of her campus activities, she taps into her creativity as Marketing Chair of the student-led Michigan International Students Society and participates as a member of the marketing teams for a TED conference designed specifically for UM, TedxUoM and creative organization CMYK Design. She also mentors with the Latino mentoring association, Proyecto Avance. After college, she plans to pursue an art-directed professional career.
Her academic achievements have been recognized with a place on the Dean’s List at both the UM and at Oakland University, where she was also a member of its Honors College, a scholarship program for academically strong undergraduates.
Last year, she attended HSF’s Media and Entertainment Summit, a conference that exposes interested HSF Scholars to career opportunities in media and entertainment-related fields. She commends the HSF network for providing her the opportunity “to connect with people across the country that have the ability to create a positive impact on my career goals.”
For students who are thinking about college as a next step, she says advancing one’s education is crucial and adds this comment: “College is simply an opportunity to have a better quality of life, and learn. Even though it is challenging to pursue a higher degree, in the end it will be worth it.”