Esther Funez is a raising Senior pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Menlo College. Funez was born in the third world country of Honduras, wherein the pursuit of the American Dream, at the age of five, her mother relocated them both to California. At a very young age, she learned the values of hard work, how big you dream, and how much time you're willing to put in to persevere.
Driven by these values, she is living the best version of her American Dream. Esther is a firm believer that the American Dream isn't defined by how many things you can own or how much money you can make but by instead learning every day, being empathetic and making an impact in the life of those around her.
Esther has immersed herself and taken advantage of the incredible opportunities Menlo provides for their students. She joined the UIF family her freshman year! She is currently a part of the Market Menlo College Campaign, a campaign, and course led by Andy Cunnigham. In this course, she has learned and gained a deep understanding of fundamental marketing concepts, and alongside her peers have built a marketing campaign with Alumni engagement focus. She is also a part of the student-led incentives on campus such as Techstars Startup Weekend and TEDx Menlo College. Alongside three other peers, they have relaunched the Rotaract Club at Menlo College! Esther also serves a Resident Assistant, where alongside 18 other RA's they serve as mentors for students, host events and of course, enforce residence hall policies.
Outside of UIF and Menlo, Esther has a passion for travel, trying new coffee shops, and local restaurants. She has recently discovered her new hobby: editing photos on Adobe Lightroom!