Victor Mena ’18
Avondale, Arizona
Victor Mena

Deep thinker

The opportunity to pursue a degree in English teaching and play college baseball drew Victor to Northwestern, but his visit to campus finalized his decision to transfer as a junior. He fell in love with the culture of the campus and envisioned himself as a student at Northwestern. A pitcher for the Red Raiders, Victor plans to teach English and coach high school baseball after graduation.

Challenging reads

Studying English has continually made me challenge my beliefs because there are great theorists out there, and some of their work makes sense. I never disregarded my faith because of books I read, but they raised questions. I enjoy reading challenging books that make me question my faith, because it allows me to dig deeper into why I believe what I do.

Striving for success

The English department challenges you to dig deeper into your thought process and asks you to be the best student you can be. The professors do present challenging assignments, but they are willing to help you as much as possible. What I love about our department is that everyone wants you to succeed. The English professors are amazing people who are willing to do whatever it takes to help any student succeed.

Life skills

My education at Northwestern has taught me the importance of proper time management and taking responsibility. The grade you receive is something you earn, and that is stressed at Northwestern. Earning a good grade shows how far you will go to achieve success. Northwestern pushes you to your limits—and has the best resources to help with the ride.

Here to help

My relationships with some of my professors will be lifelong. One of my professors told me this: “I am your work colleague. I am not above you in any way, and I am only here to help. In the future, you and I will be working together, so what is the point in me thinking I’m 'higher' than you on this pedestal? I am here to help.” I will never forget those words.