Each week, Evolve502 is introducing members of the Student Success Team. Members of the Student Success Team serve as liaisons with JCPS high schools and work directly with Evolve502 Scholarship applicants to help students complete the application process and prepare for college. This week, meet Alondra Martinez, who joined Evolve502 in 2022.
Name: Alondra Martinez
Title: Student Success Coordinator. Aside from working with JCPS students, I also focus on working with the Latinx community in Louisville.
Hometown: I was born and raised in Mexico City but moved to Louisville, KY in 2009.
Education: I graduated from Berea College in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Families Studies.
What led you to Evolve502? I always knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that focused on helping students achieve their goals. As a first-generation college student, myself, it was my goal to be able to help minimize the systemic barriers that prevent students from obtaining a higher education.
What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is being able to connect with students and helping them through the college admissions process.
What advice do you have for students who are considering their college and career options for post high school? My advice for students is to start thinking about their future early. I would suggest for them to look into what path is right for them and to explore new opportunities that come along the way.
What is your number one tip for students going through the Evolve502 application process?
My number one tip is for students to complete the Evolve502 application process as soon as possible. Some of the steps can take a while to process, such as filling out the FAFSA. The sooner it gets done, the better.
What do you wish you had known when you started college that would have better prepared you for the experience? I wish I could have known what values were important for myself and my future. Sometimes one can get influenced by others, and that can make you lose sight of your goals. Advocating for yourself is an important life value to learn.
What is one random/fun fact about you?
Growing up in Mexico City, it is very common for people to dip their pizza in ketchup. Although I don’t often eat my pizza with ketchup anymore, I still like it from time to time.