Episode 40 - The 2nd Happiest Place On Earth: Chapman University

What Do You Dream Of?

What Do You Believe In?

What Would You Change In The World?

How Would You Improve The Lives Of Others?

There are many people and institutions who dare to answer these questions

But it is the FEW who actually  — ASK, ANSWER, AND ACHIEVE. Chapman University achieves 4 stars on all of these fronts. They are dreamers AND achievers!

 Located just 5 miles from the Happiest Place On Earth, Chapman University just might be the 2nd Happiest Place On Earth. 

 My guest today, Marcela Mejia Martinez, is the embodiment of the Chapman Spirit, or what I will forever call “Chapman’s Happiness Factor.”

Marcela reveals how her big brother influenced her college choice, what a single gender high school education offered her, and what she wishes she would have included in her own college application. As a bonus, Marcela offers tips on how to answer Chapman’s diversity and inclusion question.

Guest Bio:

As the Assistant Vice President of Admission, Marcela Mejia Martinez leads undergraduate admission at Chapman University. Marcela has lead the undergraduate team to adopt a values-based, student-centered approach. She has been able to proclaim the college’s rise in diversity, in academic quality, increased retention and graduation rates, and changes to campus culture. A steadfast advocate for liberal arts and first-generation students, she is frequently called upon to speak on these issues. Prior to Chapman, she worked in admission and financial aid at her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of International ACAC, WACAC, and NACAC and has presented at each of these conferences as well as College Board and Council of International Schools conferences. Marcela is a 3-year faculty member of College Board’s Summer Institute and has served on the CIS Latin American Committee for 8 years. She lives in Orange County with her husband as proud parents of two young men.

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