Hometown: South Windsor
High School: South Windsor High School
Bio: Before Wesleyan, Paulina graduated fifth in her class from South Windsor High School in June 2011. While in high school, Paulina was recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar and received the Smith College Book Award. Her extra-curricular activities included the National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Mock Trial Team, Choral Spectrum show choir, and numerous drama productions.
One of Paulina's biggest passions is music. She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and was a featured soloist in last year's production of Handel's "Messiah." Outside of school, she has worked as a soloist at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Manchester, CT and at the First Church of Christ in Suffield, CT. In high school, Paulina was very fortunate to sing with the Connecticut All-State Choir for three years.
Paulina's hobbies include singing, playing piano, and spending time with her friends. She also loves watching movies and catching up on Mad Men and 30 Rock. Paulina enjoys traveling, and has journeyed to Chile and Ecuador. She plans to study abroad on the Vassar-Wesleyan Madrid program in Fall 2013.
Paulina answers the question "Why Wes?"
Why Wes: When I made my overnight visit to Wesleyan, I did not want to leave! That's when I knew that it was the school for me. I was impressed by the interesting, active, and quirky group of students that I met. Each student was passionate about their studies and had a wide range of interests. I got the initial impression that there was a place for everyone here at Wesleyan. After spending two years here, I have grown and changed in ways that I never would have imagined. I now see that Wesleyan is built on the principle that students of all races, creeds, sexualities and socioeconomic classes are welcome. This common ground allows students to freely express their opinions and explore their passions. My comfort zone is expanded daily here. I truly believe that Wesleyan prepares students to be educated, open, and passionate citizens, to care about their own causes, and to support others’ endeavors. Only at Wesleyan do students turn out in droves to celebrate the Indian holiday of Holi, to cheer on their football team, and to attend performances by a cappella groups, slam poets, and dance collectives, all with equal enthusiasm. I have learned so much from my classes and from the other students here, and this diverse, passionate environment has shaped my personality for the better.
Favorite song/Artist: "Fix You" by Coldplay
Favorite Movie: When Harry Met Sally
Interesting Fact: I have traveled to Latin America seven times.