Student Spotlight: Ismael Loera

Name: Ismael (Ish) Loera
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major(s): Chemistry & Economics
Cultural Background: Mexican
Class Year: 2013


Tell us about yourself:

I was born in Mexico and moved to the US when I was 11. I graduated from a Health Professions High School, but decided to drop the pre-med track during my sophomore year. I am currently planning to go to graduate school in chemistry. I love coffee and I visit Starbucks almost every day. I’m pretty sure that’s where at least half my Dooley dollars go. At Emory I have been involved with a lot of different groups and currently serve as the Latino Student Organization President. I am also involved in the Latino Youth Leadership Conference planning committee, and act as an Emory Tour Guide. I have also served as an Emory Orientation Captain, President of Emory Quest Scholars, and a MORE mentor in the past.


How and when did you first become interested in your field of study?

I liked Chemistry ever since taking AP Chemistry in high school. Once I got to college I continued to take Chemistry classes and eventually decided to major in the field. As for Economics, I actually hated my economics class in high school, but during freshman year I decided to take ECON 101 to fulfill my last HSC requirement. I ended up liking it so much I took more Economics classes and then declared a second major.


Why did you choose Emory and what do you enjoy most about Emory?

I applied to Emory through the QuestBridge program and was matched to Emory. I had never visited the school prior to my acceptance. However, when I came to visit Emory during the Essence of Emory program, I immediately fell in love with it. The thing I enjoy most about the school is how friendly everyone is, whether awkwardly holding a door for too long for a stranger or just how approachable someone is when you’re first meeting them; you can always feel that southern hospitality.


Why did you choose to get involved in OMPS and what do you like most about the office?

I didn’t do crossroads my first semester at Emory, and about 90% of my friends did. They always wanted to hang out at the OMPS office and so I followed along. Thanks to this, I was able to make a lot of great connections that got me involved where I am now and have also learned of how OMPS can be a resource to any Emory student.

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