Hello! I would like to take this time and space to introduce myself.
My name is Valeria Perez, I am California born and Amarillo, Texas raised.
I am the daughter of two incredible beings who immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s in search of the American Dream. They worked as hard as they could and overcame every obstacle to provide my older brother and I with a better life. With my background, I was fortunate enough to say I attended high school, so it is a true blessing to be able to tell you that I am a first generation college graduate, and now a proud graduate student at West Texas A&M University. I have a B.S. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations and am currently working on a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies.
I am passionate about helping those in need and working towards providing everyone with an opportunity to further their education. I hope to work towards the effort of breaking the barrier and helping all those who desire to go to college, do so. I believe that an internship through Ogallala Commons will help me build necessary skills, and allow me to gain knowledge about the Panhandle and the rural communities within and in the surrounding area, that may benefit my dreams of helping these communities continue to flourish.
This summer I have been granted the unimaginable opportunity to intern with the Amarillo Area Foundation. It’s a dream come true to be able to be at a place where one of their goals is to provide an opportunity for those in need to further their education. I am excited to see where this journey takes me and what impact I am able to make.