Marcela is a Junior of the Civil Engineering major at UTEC. Since high-school, she developed the value of empathy and service vocation collaborating in activities for kids in schools far from Lima. Also, Marcela is very related to folkloric dances, she consider it as a way to be connected with her culture and origins. There is one quote that she heard and completely loved to explain this topic:
"If you don't know where are you from, you don't know where are you going"
- Junior Benjarano (2019)
Since her freshman year (2018), she has been envolved in different kind of activities related to her major, such as the I+ Day, Meet&Greet and Open Day, activities organized by UTEC to motivate students at high-school to choose engineering and science majors. For Marcela, it is important to share our knowledge and experiences to people to get inspired and create great ideas to develop our society, that is why she founded the Student Chapter of Civil Engineering at UTEC. This way, she and her colleagues can share their major's knowledge to people interested and contribute in a few years to solve infrastructure problems in her country. She is also part of the process to establish an ASCE Student Chapter at UTEC. Marcela is very passionate about her career, so much so that this year she wanted to contribute to improving it, which is why she is currently the Spokeswoman of the Civil Engineering major, this initiative gives her the opportunity to create “meets & greets”, integration events and feedback forums on courses (everything in a virtual way).
Talking about her extracurricular activities, Marcela considers that an engineer has to be complete both academically as well as with soft skills, empathy and a vocation for service. She realized that her freshman year was really tough academically and emotionally, based on this experience, she wanted to help other freshman to avoid that them passed this difficult situations in a future, because of this she made the decision of taking part of the Peer Mentoring Program at UTEC. The objective of this program is to advice freshmen to reach their adequate incorporation to university, making sessions about freshman's interest and dynamic activities, all of this is made by students for students. As her performance in this program was excellent, she was chosen as the best peer mentor of the year, this recognition also gave her the opportunity to participate as one of the 4 UTEC representatives to participate in CADEuni 2019, an event that brings together leading students from universities throughout Peru to develop their leadership and create ideas to contribute to the development of the country. Also, in 2019 she was part of the Marketing and Communications area of the first edition of TEDxUTEC.
Even Marcela doesn't have an structured plan for her future after college (you will always see her with her agenda on hand, preparing her study schedules and future meetings), she knows what she wants to achieve in life. She wants to be a Civil Engineer that contributes with the decentralization of her country, connecting all departments, cities and towns so that everyone has access to the basic needs of a human being such as food, home, shelter, health and education of quality. She is preparing to be an agent of change.
Would you like to be part of the change?
Interesting facts about Marcela
- She likes to take pictures of nature and significant moments in her life (you can see some pictures at this link). She would like to learn more about it in a future.
- During quarantine, Marcela learned to solve a Rubik's cube.
- Marcela loves making desserts. In her free time she does it with her mom's help.
- She really likes raspberries and strawberries.
- Marcela is constantly looking for new experiences that involves travelling and knowing about new cultures.
- She makes creative content in social media to explain long topics. Also she likes to make memes to explain aspects that people consider difficult to learn.
- Spokeswoman of the Civil Engineering Department at UTEC
- President of CEIC-UTEC 
- CADEuni 2019 UTEC Representative
- Best Peer Mentor 2019
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Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC)
- 2016 Fall Cohort