This Spring, we will be highlighting three empowered interns who are choosing to Seek MORE with us this semester. Get to know them by reading their stories and learning what seeking MORE means to them.
My name is Naomi Monney Hori; I am 18 years old and currently a freshman at Calumet College of St. Joseph, located in Whiting, Indiana. I am studying Business Administration and Management, yet what has always been a passion of mine is marketing and economics.
I am from Guatemala a country located in Central America, and lived there until the age of 18 when I moved to the United States to pursue my college education. Throughout my life, I have had many interests and ambitions that have shaped me into who I am today. As a child, my dream job was to be a supermodel, and I even participated in some local ads in Guatemala City. I have always been competitive and as I grew up, I found my greatest passion: sports. I started playing tennis at the age of 5, and I continued to play for seven years until the age of 12 when I started playing volleyball. Volleyball has taken me to many places, I got to play in Guatemala’s national team and even got a scholarship at my current college.
As an international student, the first months were very hard considering that all my family and friends were 4,204 kilometers (2,612 miles) away. I spent most of my time in my dorm alone and I started to compare myself with people on social media. Going out and making friends was tough since all I wanted to do was stay in bed, so I only left my room to go to classes or eat. I was not coming out of my comfort zone at all; nonetheless, I realized the irony of my actions. The main reason to pursue my studies in the United States was to step out of my safe place and embark on a new, diverse, and independent journey. I knew I had to change these habits, so in a leap of faith, I applied to the Seek MORE Internship Program.
As a member of the Indiana Latino Institute, I was offered a few internship positions, however, when I was introduced to MORE, I realized that this internship was what I was looking for. MORE held my attention since their main target is to empower women and show diversity. For me, seeking this position means that I will come out of my shell and interact in a place where I will not be judged by my looks or ethnicity. Not to mention that I will acquire incredible knowledge in marketing and business–that will help me earn my degree and a job!
Obtaining the position as a freshman showed me how grateful I am for my life and the skills I have. I am more than excited to learn about marketing with my team and coworkers. Additionally, I want to learn what it truly means to be Making Opportunities Reachable for Everyone in this society.