Paola Barahona Reyes


How did you get involved at Calvin?

I started by reaching out to the Latin American community at Calvin. I became actively involved in LASA, our student association, and sought to help in the many multicultural/international activities Calvin organizes all throughout the school year. I also tried out for Rangeela, which is a student-run show that portrays the rich cultures within Calvin’s campus, and danced as a part of “Sabor Latino”—the Latin American act—this past spring.

How are you able to balance school and other activities?

I am not the best at organizing my time, so I find it incredibly helpful to have a planner and schedule my week every Sunday night. That way, I know ahead of time what’s due in my classes and whether or not I have any meetings, rehearsals or important activities that week. I have also learned that it’s good to take some time off to relax and have fun with my friends and that naps are a college student’s best friend.

Has anything surprised you about Grand Rapids?

YES! There is always something to do in Grand Rapids. You can go downtown to ArtPrize in the fall and appreciate all of the beautiful artwork, and, after that, you can eat a delicious plate of Pad Thai at Angel Thai’s Café, or if you’re not in the mood for a full meal, you can have a warm cup of coffee at Madcap Coffee. The list never ends!

Do you go home during the holidays or do you stay on campus?

Most of my extended family lives in Honduras, so I go home over Christmas and Summer break to spend time with them. I spend Thanksgiving and other short breaks at Grand Rapids. It was so great for me to experience my first Thanksgiving last fall. The food was out of this world, and the company was even better!


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