Melissa Ortiz

Melissa has ten years of experience working in research and administration in several nonprofits and higher education institutions. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. This fall, she will begin a Ph.D. program at NYU Steinhardt’s Sociology of Education program. As the oldest daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, she is passionate about working with Latinx youth and their families to access higher education. She likes to study ballet, bike ride, and read in her free time.

Articles By Melissa Ortiz

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By: Melissa Ortiz — November 20, 2023
Being a first-generation student means that you are the first person in your family to reach graduate school, but that doesn't mean that you lack the moral and emotional support from lots of people around you!
By: Melissa Ortiz — August 24, 2023
While previous articles have covered the many benefits of working during college, this is a guide to the different types of jobs you should consider working during college.
By: Melissa Ortiz — July 5, 2023
In this article, I review the definition, characteristics, and benefits of attending an HSI.
By: Melissa Ortiz — October 10, 2023
Throughout your education, you have most likely taken a social science class and learned about different research methods. What was most likely not emphasized during your classes is that these research methods are conducted on the community and people you are researching.
By: Melissa Ortiz — June 12, 2023
Unsure of how you should use your time this summer before college? Check out the tips below to make the most out of your transition into higher education.
By: Melissa Ortiz — July 24, 2023
In this article, I go over the most important aspects of a personal statement. These tips are specific to a Ph.D. program application.
By: Melissa Ortiz — October 24, 2023
Check out this article if you are thinking about studying education for either your undergraduate or graduate degree.
By: Melissa Ortiz — June 15, 2023
You can learn a lot about what it's like to attend a college by visiting their campus. Here are a few things to consider when touring colleges.
By: Melissa Ortiz — November 2, 2023
This article discusses how you could benefit from taking at least one sociology course.
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