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Mariana Chavez-Guerrero

  • Gender: Female
  • Hometown: Centerton
  • State: Arkansas

Where do you hope to attend college?

University of Southern California

What do you plan to major in?

Neuroscience

What extracurriculars are you involved in?

Piano lessons, HOSA president, All Student Body president (Student Council), Environmental Club president/founder, LinkDen (Freshman mentorship program), Science Olympiad, Journalism/Yearbook, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Spanish Honor Society

What achievements, recognition, and/or awards have you received?

HOSA 2nd Place in Behavioral Health State competition, HOSA 1st Place in Biomedical Debate State competition, Arkansas Seal of Biliteracy, National Spanish Exam placer, AP Scholar with Distinction, 2nd Place in Geological Mapping for Science Olympiad Regionals, 1st Place as a team in Science Olympiad Regionals, Superior ranking in Student Life Layout by Arkansas Scholastic Press Association, and Excellent ranking in Student Life Photograph by Arkansas Scholastic Press Association

Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?

When I moved to America, I craved acceptance and belonging more than anything. I wanted to look and act like all the other girls at my school, but once I was satisfied with my assimilation, I realized I’d been doing none of these changes for myself. Over-adapting to this new environment made me lose myself, but by learning the balance between adaptability and individuality, I learned that being different isn’t a sign of inferiority.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on attending Medical School or getting a job traveling and educating people on psychology and neuroscience.

What HSF Events have you attended?

2020 Youth Leadership Institute – University of Southern California