Class of 2020: Nathalie Bonilla

Psychology major overcomes challenges as minority, first-generation student
​Jerry Poling | April 21, 2020

Name: Nathalie Bonilla
Hometown: Abbotsford
Major: Psychology

Nathalie BonillaInvolvement: Latinos Unidos, Hmong Stout Student Organization, Stoutward Bound, Psychology Club, Psi Chi, Stout Catholic

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in earning your degree? Being a minority on campus can be difficult. Sometimes you feel that you can’t do it because you don’t see familiar faces around you. Also, being a first-generation college student can be over overwhelming when I can’t just ask my parents what they did when they were in college because they don’t have that knowledge. I had to look for answers by myself and figure out how to overcome being homesick.

What will you appreciate most about your UW-Stout experience? Just being able to go to the Multicultural Student Services office and talk to them and have such a big support. Also, having such amazing staff who are willing to help you succeed.

What’s next in your life? I will be attending Graduate School at UW-Stout for the school counseling master’s program.


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