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AROUND THE WORLD SCHOOL OF C0MMUNICATION


Miss Mexico 2014 is Wendolly Esparza (JFRC Fall ’11, BA ’13), an aspiring journalist who balances beauty pageants with a budding career in journalism.


Miss Mexico sets example A


Alumna Wendolly Esparza wants to em- power and be a role model for young girls


t age 12, Wendolly Esparza (JFRC Fall ’11, BA ’13) knew she wanted to be a TV re- porter. Esparza, the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college


student, attended St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan, Illinois, as part of the Cristo Rey network. Loyola awarded Esparza a Cristo Rey Scholarship that would finance her education. In 2009, the School of Communication moved to its


new location downtown at the Water Tower Campus, and Esparza took that as a sign that she belonged at Loyola. During her undergraduate years, Esparza became active in learning communities, the Rome


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Center, the Latin American Student Organization, and alternative break immersions. “Loyola encourages you to create meaningful relationships with the global community,” Esparza says. “It encourages you to ask questions about yourself and the world around you.” Esparza also took advantage of Chicago resources


and accepted two internships, one at EXTRA news- paper and the second with Univision. She said it was surreal to work alongside some of the reporters she watched and admired as a little girl. “They didn’t know it, but they inspired me to become a storyteller just like them.” Upon graduation, Esparza took her first post- college job as a music reporter for a local government


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