Introducing myself and my journal: Listen to My Voice

Rocio Ortega
Posted March 21, 2013 from United States

About Me: ¡Hola! My name is Rocio Ortega. I’m 19 years old and attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts with hopes to major in Political Science and/or History. I am a proud Latina born from two Mexican-born parents who have taught me the value of hard work and education. These values have followed me to college as I am a member of Mezcla and Alianza, Latina organizations at Wellesley College to meet the political, social and academic needs of Latina students on campus. My involvement with Girl Up has been very rewarding. In high school I founded a Girl Up club in 2010 that is still running strong! I served as a Teen Advisor from 2011-2012 and am now proud to be a Youth Champion. Now that I’m in college, the need to spread the word about Girl Up is much more important. I’m blessed to have the opportunity of attending college. However, this might not be the case for 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries. My hopes are to raise awareness for them through Girl Up and through the media as a Teen Reporter for Global Girl Media. I am all about female empowerment and getting female representation in all professional fields whether it is in politics, the media or the military… I strongly believe we must all come together!

My Passions: female empowerment

My Challenges: inner city struggles

My Vision for the Future: gender equality

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  • Amei
    Mar 21, 2013
    Mar 21, 2013

    I am so glad that you have joined this forum. This is a place we need inspirational and active people who set examples that others can learn from.

    I am looking forward to hear more about your Girl Up club. I come from Maldives. In comparison to USA, Maldives is a tiny spec on the world map. It is a naturally beautiful country. The people are great too. Having said that our girls may need some empowerment.

    I agree with you. We must all work together.

    Have great day and be blessed.

    With love Amei

  • Rocio Ortega
    Mar 21, 2013
    Mar 21, 2013

    Hi Amei,

    Thank you for your kind words! I'll admit, I did not really know where Maldives is but now I do! Please feel free to check out our Girl Up website

    Thanks! Rocio

  • JaniceW
    Mar 23, 2013
    Mar 23, 2013

    Girl Up is an amazing organization and we are thrilled to have one of its leaders in our community. Your voice is vital to raising awareness of what life is like for young Latina teens in a constantly changing world. I encourage to apply for the World Pulse VOF Program. It will enhance your skills as a reporter/activist but more importantly, will connect you with other women around the world demanding women and girls have the same rights as men. It becomes an amazing support network of sisters, mentors and supporters.

    I have seen first-hand how much each person's writing skills develop, their confidence grows, how they garner support for their personal projects, and how many went on to have their articles picked up by international media such as the BBC, CNN, and the New York Times.

    I hope you will consider applying. The world needs to hear your voice.

    I am so happy you have joined us. Best wishes, Janice

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Mar 24, 2013
    Mar 24, 2013

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Chrisitina
    Apr 07, 2013
    Apr 07, 2013

    Hi Rocio, I'm very impressed by your profile and your writing as well! I think you have a lot to offer to your sisters and this global community. Look forword to reading more from you!

    Regards, Christina