Thalia Almenares Lozada
When Thalia Almenares Lozada first started working at UPS, Thalia had lived in United States for only three months and spoke little English. With the help of the Metropolitan College program and UPS’ International Community Job Program (ICJP), Thalia learned to speak English fluently in just one year.
Thalia grew up in Cuba and has been with the Metropolitan College program for since Fall 2018.
Currently, Thalia works as a Talent Acquisition Generalist in the Center of Employment at UPS. Additionally, Thalia serves as a role model to other individuals participating in ICJP and helped to translate the Get Started Metropolitan College Checklist in Spanish to serve as a resource for prospective students.
This spring, Thalia was chosen as the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Metropolitan College Student Award, an award that recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, work-life balance, and academic success. Additionally, Thalia graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College with an Associate of Science.
Thalia’s other recent accomplishments include event coordinator for a local annual Dare to Care Food Drive and involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for students at two-year colleges that recognizes and honors exceptional academic achievement.
As for next steps, Thalia aspires to be a dental hygienist and has been accepted into the University of Louisville’s Dental Hygiene Upper Division program for the fall 2021 semester.
Learn more about Thalia Almenares Lozada in this MC Spotlight Q&A Interview and Video
Video produced by Renecia Griffie Davis, a Metropolitan College staff member.
Music in this video:
Song Artist: Scott Holmes Music
Song Title: We Are One
What has been your biggest challenge as a MC participant and how did you overcome these challenges?
My biggest challenge was balancing school and work responsibilities. With the support of my family, I was able to focus on both.
What motivates and drives you to succeed while pursuing your educational goals?
My passion towards science and healthcare motivates me to continue pursuing my degree.
How has working at UPS contributed to your personal and professional growth?
I have learned accountability skills and acquired valuable experience that relates to management development, communication, customer service, leadership, and teamwork.
What person(s) has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My mother, without any doubt, has been the most influential person in my life. She taught me how to be a hard worker and to never give up on my dreams. I learned from her that a positive attitude in every situation can change our outcomes. She inspires me to always be the best version of myself and I inherited her love for science.
What advice do you have for students interested in the MC program?
Metro College is the best thing that can happen in a student’s life. Other than graduating debt free, which is one of the best benefits, students will meet people willing to support them. The MC program has amazing advisors that are always caring about your development. And, while working at UPS, you will gain experience in many different aspects. Not matter what you do or the career path you are on, always embrace your journey and enjoy it.
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