By VICTORIA DE LA CRUZ
Lynn is known for having many exceptional students who go above and beyond their studies. One of there students is Atibel Alvarez, graduate student.
Alvarez, originally from Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic, grew up playing tennis and enjoying the beautiful Dominican weather close to the sea.
Since a very young age, Alvarez has always had the drive for helping a noble cause.
“Since I was a little girl, I have developed a passion for helping and working with people with disabilities and learning differences,” said Alvarez.
When she arrived to Lynn, Alvarez chose to get heavily involved in the university. She especially had her mind set on working with individ- uals who have special needs, which was something that she realized that she was passionate about in high school.
“In my junior year of high school, I tutored an 8-year-old girl and then realized that I also had a passion for teaching,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez is taking her passion to another level in hopes of making a solid career out of it. She graduated in May with a degree in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and a minor in psychology.
Alvarez not only enjoys helping others, but serving as a great leader wherever she goes.
At Lynn, Alvarez was very involved with the community throughout the past four years. She worked as a tutor for Project Access, was an activity coordinator and member of Best Buddies, a resident assistant and a student ambassador for the office of admissions as tele-counselor and tour guide.
Alvarez has continued her studies in ESE while also working for the of- fice of admissions as a graduate assistant. She feels greatly honored by the school for accepting her into the position.
Alvarez will soon become a Lynn alumna, but she has a simple, yet important, piece of advice for her fellow students.
“Get involved as much as possible in your college life,” said Alvarez. “This will bring you many good things like lasting friendships. Always have an open mind and an open heart.”