Stephanie Riveros Munoz
Orange City, Iowa
Stephanie Riveros Munoz

Source of support

As a double major in social work and Spanish-English translation and interpretation, Stephanie has a heart for helping others. She hopes to serve her neighbors as they navigate difficult circumstances, becoming a physical reminder of the community that surrounds them. Stephanie is a Bridge Scholar and multicultural leader on campus, where she also interns in the intercultural development department.

Close to home 
My fiancé and I are both from the area, and being close to our families is important to us. That, along with Northwestern’s excellent translation and interpretation program, made NWC the obvious choice for college. I also met with professors in social work and Spanish and recognized how much I would enjoy learning from them.

Meeting a need 
There are many different paths you can take with a social work career—it’s one of the reasons I chose social work as a major. My classes are teaching me how to help clients adjust to significant life changes and provide them with needed resources. I hope to use these skills as a medical social worker and interpreter, giving Spanish-speaking families and individuals a sense of “home” by sharing information in their language.

Relying on God 
At Northwestern, I’ve learned new ways of becoming closer to and increasing my trust in God. When I’ve gone to God in situations both good and bad, God has shown me the strength I already possess. I’ve also established new friendships here that have impacted my life for the better.

Set up for success 
I appreciate how Northwestern equips students with everything they need to succeed in college and begin their careers. The faculty and staff helped me feel supported and welcomed right away, and I’ve come to them for guidance whenever I’ve needed help—either academically or personally.