Student Stories: Deymaris Zambrana-Soler

This month’s Student Story features Deymaris Zambrana-Soler, a junior Sociology and Communication Studies major from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Deymaris is a Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS) member, a Peer Academic Leader (PAL), a Student Ambassador for Spartan Dining’s marketing department, and a member of the Spanish American Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.)

What is your favorite accomplishment at UNCG so far?

My favorite accomplishment has to be getting to work SOAR as an Orientation Leader during the summer. It was the most rewarding experience getting to welcome students and their families to UNCG and show them the way to becoming a successful Spartan.

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs departments that have made a significant impact on your time here?

Choosing just one department is not enough. As a Spartan, I have gotten to enjoy many resources from many offices within the Division of Student Affairs. Offices like Campus Activities & Programs (CAP), the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement (OLCE), the Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE), and Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) have helped me feel heard and an active member of the UNCG community. From events on campus for me and my friends to enjoy (most hosted in the EUC), to seminars that enlighten students on what our worlds look like, these offices help establish the connection that bonds the student with the campus community.

On a personal note, I have greatly benefited from offices like Student Health Services (SHS), the Counseling Center (CC), and Housing & Residence Life (HRL). Transitioning to college was challenging in terms of completely being independent. From scheduling my own appointments, to learning how to use pharmacy services, it was all very new to me. Fortunately, SHS and its staff make the services very easy to use and with an enjoyable experience. When rough patches came along and I needed help to talk through my problems, the CC was always very accessible and helpful; it made me very confident to be on my own. Professionally, the Career & Professional Development (CPD) office has provided services that have helped me excel in my professional endeavors. I utilized Peer Career Ambassadors to help me polish my resume, and was taught by a Career Coach what was a cover letter and how to write one.

“My experience at UNCG has been so rewarding and successful, and I owe most of it to the Division of Student Affairs offices.”

What does Student Leader mean to you?

Being a student leader means to be willing and able to guide others towards their own personal success by sharing one’s own story and experiences.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

I believe that being such an active member in the UNCG community as a student and as a leader has prepared me to accept and embrace challenges. To take a problem and turn it into a learning opportunity that ultimately I can use to help others in the future. After UNCG, I know I will be a very well-rounded person, as I have worked and learned in diverse environments that have prepared me for what I will encounter in the labor world.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG is an incredibly diverse school that provides all of the resources and services necessary for you to develop a well-rounded experience inside and out of the classroom.

“At UNCG you can have an extremely impactful experience, and all you have to do to start is ask; the choices are plenty, and the reward is even bigger.”

What’s your favorite UNCG memory so far?

It has to be when I participated from the first annual Storm the Streets. Walking to the Coliseum with my friends, enjoying the tailgate, and feeling the energy throughout the first game was a feeling of unity like no other.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care? Can you share a time where you felt supported and cared for as a student?

There was a time that I felt very distressed and my RA reached out to me. After speaking with her I felt alleviated and truly cared for; I felt that she really cared for me beyond what her job required.

What advice would you give to students who may be looking to find ways to get more involved on campus?

If you’re looking for a way to get involved, there are plenty of things you can do. First, you can check out Spartan Connect, or Corq, to see when and what events are coming up. Through this platform you can also find specific organizations or offices that host the activities, if you want a specific theme. Second, around the EUC, Kaplan, and Moran Commons you may find flyers with upcoming events!