NNU takes time to invest in the freshman class since these students will help shape the NNU community. Each one of the new students who joins campus in the fall brings something special to the community and becomes an integral part of the character of NNU. The story below is an example of a freshman girl who will contribute to shaping the NNU community.
Margarita Alcaraz, Maggie, was born in California but graduated from Caldwell High School this last spring. When Maggie is not playing guitar, immersing herself in a good book or shopping, she loves to sing. Beginning when she was eight years old, Maggie discovered the passion she has for singing and it has only grown since then. Singing in the Canyon County Honor Choir the four years of high school and the All-State Honor Choir her sophomore and senior years, she has had many opportunities to perform in a variety of settings and plans to continue singing at NNU. One of Maggie’s dreams is to travel the world so she can see and experience the beauty that every country holds.
In addition to her extracurricular interest in music, Maggie plans to pursue a major in social work and a minor in Spanish. Her desire to be a social worker stems back to when her younger sister was diagnosed with leukemia at nine years of age. During the financial and emotional difficulty the disease forced on the family, it was a social worker who helped them through that challenging time. “I’ve always loved helping people but that was the time when I realized I wanted to give back for everything that was given to us. I want to make sure that people know they are not alone and they don’t have to endure the pain by themselver,” Maggie shares.
With such a caring demeanor and the first one in her family to attend college, it is no wonder Maggie’s family will have bittersweet feelings when she leaves. “They are really proud of all the hard work I have done and how far I have gotten; it’s both exciting and scary for them,” says Maggie.
She’s eager to be part of a faith-based campus and already feels connected to the NNU community. “Faith is a big part of my life and I love that I can go to a community where we can all come together with Christ. Whenever I am on campus, the people make me feel like I’m part of a family and it is such an amazing feeling.”
Finances were a big challenge, but Maggie has worked hard and received a number of awards and scholarships to help make college a reality. Some of these honors include the Governor’s Cup, Daughters of the American Revolution Award, NNU Music Scholarship and Riley Academic Scholarship.
Just as Maggie is eager to begin her journey at NNU in a few weeks, the NNU community is also pleased to welcome her. New Student Orientation preparation is well underway and kicks off on August 22 as NNU welcomes the class of 2018.
PHOTO: Maggie Alcaraz shows off her NNU Early Action sweatshirt.