Five Under Five: Lucrecia Mena '12

June 16 2017
Category: Alumni

As Reunion festivities begin, we are continuing our “Five Under Five,” series featuring a question and answer session with an Elmira alumnus who graduated within the last five years.

Today, meet Lucrecia Mena who graduated Elmira with the Astonishing Class of 2012 with a bachelor of arts in international relations, political science, and anthropology and sociology. Upon graduation, she attended the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland earning her master of arts degree in developmental studies and continued her education with a master of arts in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Lucrecia currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA.

Lucrecia Mena

1. What is your fondest memory of your time at Elmira?

I have so many great memories at Elmira College that it is hard to choose just one. However, if I had to narrow it down, my fondest memory would be Mountain Day, with the many activities and opportunities for community bonding for both students and faculty. From the moment that we woke up, to Mountain Day announcements in our dorms, to lunch by "The Puddle," and the traditional and highly anticipated radical raft race with Dr. Meier, it was such a fun and memorable day each Fall!

2. What is the most valuable lesson you learned in or out of the classroom at Elmira?

I learned the importance of community. At Elmira College, both within and outside the classroom environment, I always felt supported. Elmira College provided the most incredible academic, professional, and personal opportunities that impacted where I am today.

3. How did your experience at Elmira impact your passions in your career and who you are today?

I had great academic, professional, and community experiences at Elmira College. Dr. Kunihiko Imai, Dr. Martha Easton, and Dr. Robin O'Brian inspired me academically and professionally. I have moved on to other academic and professional endeavors as I pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at UCLA, thanks to their continued passion and support, even to this day.

4. What advice do you have for current undergrads or students considering attending Elmira?

After graduating from Elmira College, I pursued advanced degrees in other institutions. I look back at my years at Elmira as the most instructive, community-oriented, and important in my life. I think the EC experience was incredible and I cherish every memory of it. Take advantage of that small-school, liberal arts education, and value your academic professors and mentors since they are passionate about their teaching and they really care about your education!

5. What is the best thing about being an Elmira alum?

The best thing about being an Elmira alum is knowing that there is a supportive community within and beyond Elmira College. The small, liberal-arts Elmira experience allowed me to meet great people that had, have and will continue to have an impact in my life.