My Two Cents’ Worth

High school is free, and college is not. Are you feeling anxious about that? I know I was!

God placed the solution in my lap through an AmeriCorps presentation. My heart raced as I heard that I could serve underrepresented youth as an AmeriCorps volunteer. That fall, I began my two-year journey in the inner city of Tacoma, Washington, helping students develop academically and spiritually.

A student I mentored through the college application process recently told me that getting into college changed her life. She is the first in her family to attend college and one of the very few in her community. Through AmeriCorps, I was able to tutor, mentor, and encourage students like her in a way I never knew was possible. I was also learning skills that prepared me for my future career.

Did I mention I received nearly $10,000 in loan repayment?! Not only did I find a creative way to pay for loans, but God also directed me to my true calling. My advice: Never let the fear of college costs keep you away from your dreams. There is always a way to make it possible!

¡Dios le bendiga!

Meet Ineliz

Hometown/ethnic origin: Puerto Rican, born in New York. I grew up all over Washington.

Education: Skyline High School; University of Puget Sound (BS, Biology); Seattle University (MPA)

Favorite Seattle restaurant: Thai Fusion Bistro

A trip I’d like to take: I want to visit Disney World every day!

Family: My husband, dog Oso, and immediate family in New York. 

Favorite sports: Basketball and boxing, but I love the Seahawks!

Book I’d like to read: Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eric Metaxis ... but I need to find some time!

Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber

Favorite thing about SPU: The integration of faith into quality academics and support for marginalized students.