Lahorra was awarded the 2016 Concordia University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Student Award for her work for the non-profit youth mental health advocacy organization Jack.org. She launched the Concordia chapter of Jack.org in 2015 and later gave a TEDxTalk on mental health in Madrid.
Tell us about your Concordia experience.
I truly enjoyed my experience at Concordia. Having studied and volunteered at Concordia — and worked as an events assistant at the University Advancement office, I feel like Concordia became my second home. I really enjoyed the field schools and student exchange program, volunteer experiences and student job opportunities. I made lifelong friends at Concordia.
I loved my programs because I was able to combine my passion for communications and language by studying two majors at the same time. The professors I had at Concordia helped me think critically about the world around me. They motivated me to pursue my dreams and goals.
What are your plans after graduation?
I want to gain work experience prior to starting another degree, so I’m moving to Spain to teach English and volunteer for the Federation of Mental Health in Madrid. I will continue my mental health advocacy work in Spain. In the future, I hope to work for a humanitarian or non-profit organization.
What tips do you have for new Concordia students?
Make the most of your university experience because it passes by so quickly. Get involved and do what you love. If you don't see a club that interests you, create your own! If you have the opportunity to participate in a field school or student exchange, go for it. The international experience opens your eyes to different perspectives. My exchange experiences changed my life.
Remember that your GPA doesn't define you. Take care of yourself and if you need help, reach out to the services on campus or speak to a friend. University life isn't always easy — it can be stressful and you don't have to go through it alone. It's okay to not be okay.
And it's okay not to have everything figured out right after you graduate. Your journey is yours and unique to you. It's not a competition. Each experience you have will shape and mould your journey. Things will fall into place and you'll be exactly where you want to be.
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