Meet Karen Suárez Jiménez ’20
Major: English
Minor: Spanish
Graduation Date: May 2020
GPA: 3.94
Hometown: Janesville, Wis.

Organizations and activities:
  • Multicultural Student Services – STAR Mentor
  • Office of Admission – Student Representative
  • Chiara – President
  • Old St. Joseph Church – Generations of Faith Catechist
  • Old St. Joseph Church – Ministry Staff
  • RTC Volunteer – Syble Hopp School
  • Phi Sigma Iota
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Scholarships and awards:

  • Norbertine Scholarship
  • Lawrence and Kathleen Gentine Family Scholarship
  • Norbertine Leadership and Service Awards: Exemplary Award (Spring ’18); Dean’s List (Fall ’16, Spring ’17, Fall ’17, Spring ’18, Fall ’18)

Proudest achievement at St. Norbert:

My proudest achievement at St. Norbert is seeing others I have welcomed to campus prosper. As a STAR mentor and student representative for the office of admission. I interact with many potential and first-year students on tours
and during Week of Welcome. It is so rewarding to see students that I have given tours to excitedly begin their journey here at SNC. The same goes for my STAR mentees. I get to know them those first few days and try to keep up with them for the rest of their year and as they go on in their college career. These students are awesome! Some of them have had the opportunity
to attend amazing conferences, have gone on to become leaders for their organizations and clubs, become amazing RAs, succeeded academically, etc.

Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is Old St. Joe’s! In the hustle and bustle of every day, knowing that I can always go to Old St. Joe’s for a moment of peace is so comforting. When I have the time to sit there and just be present in front of the tabernacle, there is an overwhelming and beautiful sense of peace that envelops the space. This also applies to when I am there with a large group
for Generations of Faith or Mass. We are not there because we have to be, we are there because we want to be. Being able to share in this sense of peace and joy is such an awesome experience.

Plans for the future:
After graduation, I hope to either go directly into law school and pursue a career in some kind of human rights law or I will gain some work experience beforehand as a legal assistant.

What I’ll remember most about SNC:
The people, 100%. I came to St. Norbert College not knowing many people and little did I know that I would meet so many that would radically change my life. I have met people on this campus that have challenged me, made me ask hard questions, pushed me more than I have ever been in my life, and this has all helped me grow into a better version of myself. I have met people who have shown me what it means to truly be a friend, people who never fail to support me, love me, and walk the hard days with me. People who will always say hello, people who are willing to stay up until 3 a.m. working on projects with me, people who care about my wellbeing and genuine happiness, people who show me the diversity of beauty and kindness, and people who make the word friendship synonymous with family. If there is anything I will always remember about SNC it is the family that I have been blessed with during my time here.

People would be surprised if they knew:
I am a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Yep, I’m DACA. I did not have a choice in coming here, but my parents sacrificed everything to seek shelter, seek hope, and seek a future for me. I choose to not let that sacrifice go in vain. DACA has allowed me to work towards giving back to the country that provided me an opportunity to live rather than just survive. However, in regards to college, As a DACA recipient, I am not eligible for any federal or government aid so I knew needed scholarships to go to college. St. Norbert College opened its doors to me. Yes, I am DACA, but I am also so much more.