“My father is the reason why college has always been a priority for me,” said Nefris Quiterio, a 2016 Capital graduate in Liberal Arts. Her father, a lawyer, always told her that only those who study and learn have the right to offer their opinions.
When Nefris first arrived at Capital she didn’t drive and proximity was the main reason she selected CCC. Over time, though, she realized she was “destined to part of the rich diversity of the Capital community”.
Two things about Capital that will stay with her, Nefris shared, were her relationships with her professors and all the student activities and organizations that she was part of. An active member of Capital’s Latin American Student Association (LASA), Nefris became the treasurer, and later on, the president of the organization. She worked with other student leaders on trying to educate classmates about the importance of student involvement in community work.
“The most amazing thing about my experience at Capital was the opportunity to network and share knowledge with faculty and other students,” she said.
Nefris earned a number of awards while at Capital, but the most notable were winning the nomination for Student of the Year by “Latino de Oro,” and a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society scholarship, which opened the door to her attending Trinity College, which was “just a dream” a few semesters earlier.
Now in her second year at Trinity College, Nefris is juggling a job in the Air Force with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality.
“I’m able to continue my education at Trinity because my Air Force commitment consists of one weekend a month and two weeks a year as a reservist,” she explained.
Nefris finds herself applying critical thinking skills she acquired at CCC both at Trinity and in her new Air Force job as a Human Resource Technician. “I have a lot of responsibilities, I have to act fast, and make the right decisions about different situations,” Nefris said. “Critical Thinking is my number one tool.”
In her free time Nefris loves traveling and exploring other ways of life. On the go all the time, she has lots of new ideas and other things she wants to do. What’s next for Nefris? “I definitely want to go to graduate school and get my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.”