Student Profile: Kelsey Colmenero Ramirez
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Freshmen Kelsey Colmenero Ramirez is a Tahoe local whose heart is in Mexico. She is passionate about her future endeavors and hopes to one day be an elementary school teacher to utilize her bilingual skills.
Major: Undecided but likes Humanities
Hometown: Kings Beach, California
Why did you decide to come to SNC?
I grew up in Kings Beach and the North Lake Tahoe area, so originally I wanted to move out of the state for college. I was even thinking about going to school in Mexico. Once I started doing some research I decided that I would miss Tahoe too much.
You’re undecided on your major, but are drawn to humanities?
Yeah, I am undecided but I want to be an elementary school teacher when I graduate. My mentor is currently Katie Zanto, so that’s why I’m leaning in that direction.
Do you know what grade you want to teach?
I don’t know what grade, but I do want to teach in the elementary age level. I think it’s easier to talk and connect with the students.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go to Mexico. I visit often, but I miss all my family that is living down there.
You speak Spanish. How will it help you in the future?
I think that being able to speak Spanish will allow me to teach my students more material. Schools are more likely to hire bilingual teachers. If I decide to go back to Mexico I would also be able to teach English.
When you’re not busy with school, what do you like to do?
I like to go hiking with my dog. I have a Husky!
If you won the lottery today, what would you do with the money?
Well, I am currently trying to arrange travel documents for my boyfriend who is in Mexico, so that’s probably the first thing I would do. He has not come to visit so I’m excited for him to come to Tahoe.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?
Before starting college I ran away to Mexico. I told my parents I had bought a round trip ticket but in reality it was one way. My aunt was the only one who knew, but she called my parents and told them as soon as I got there. I told them I just wanted to stay but they encouraged me to go back to the States and get an education.
Are you glad you followed your parent’s wishes?
I am glad I came back, but I still miss Mexico a lot.