Fellow:Manuela Cardona Martínez

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Manuela Cardona Martínez
School (Cohort)
Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay (2022 cohort)
Majoring in
Agroenvironmental Engineering


Manuela is a first-year student of the Agroenvironmental Engineering career at UTEC (UY, Uruguay).

Since her childhood, she dabbled in her interest in writing and landscape description, and that tendency for searching for new reading material was later connected with her passion for surrounding herself with nature. The key for her, was to understand the environment (always with a scientific approach), to later describes its characteristics.

In primary school she developed her disposition to help others, above all to who need support in Biology and English classes.

In her secondary school we can highlight the existence of a movement called “MAGIS”, which has as a motto “always more for the other”, and in a personal way the phrase is translated as “give the best version of yourself”. Manuela, as many professors described her, is always trying to give her best, either academically to personally.

As a child, she played football in her school team and previously she was part of a swimming team in a sporting club, and because of that past experiences, she sometimes describes herself (in a humorous manner), as a “frustrated sportsperson”.

Regarding her studies in art and music, Manuela studied flute for four years at a national public institution called at that time "Virgilio Scarabelli Alberti". She also participated in the "Departmental Choir of Montevideo", in the last years of school of music.

Nowadays she dreams of meeting her contemporary references, among which stand out: Byung-Chul Han, Malala Yousafzai, Ida Vitale, and Sylvia Earle. The latter was kind enough to answer an email in 2020 since Manuela sent her a question that the oceanographer classified as a "thoughtful question".

“If we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.” - Malala Yousafzai. As Malala said, Manuela also believes that the most powerful personal tool is our knowledge and the community's sense, the high unity with each other will develop humanity's progress in every aspect.

Finally, due to what was stated in the previous paragraph, she joined the UIF program with many objectives in mind, but especially her wish to learn how to communicate better with others and learn how to transmit ideas in a simple but precise way, to bring learning closer to those who are interested in the topics to be addressed from the course.



Manuela developed a high interest in social and emotional well-being, based on her personal experience and also that motivation was catalyzed thanks to the current UIF training, which emphasized this topic from the "design thinking" methodology.

Working on them (...)


Their include reading, attending thematic webinars (environment and oceanography); swimming, and the movies. She also loves boating in the wetlands of her country and birdwatching.

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Institutional email (first preference): manuela.cardona@estudiantes.utec.edu.uy

Personal email: mcardona2001@gmail.com

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