May 2, 2014
Adriana Lopez-Esteban decided as a high school senior that she wanted to attend college somewhere totally different from her home in San Diego, Calif.
“I applied to a variety of colleges all over the country, but Millsaps really caught my attention,” said Lopez-Esteban, a sophomore. “The campus atmosphere was so vibrant, welcoming and close-knit. I felt at home immediately, and knew this was the school I was meant to attend.”
Lopez-Esteban, who is majoring in sociology and earning a minor in faith and work and perhaps women’s studies as well, said she appreciates that classes at Millsaps are small in size.
“I’ve gotten to know all my professors on a personal level,” she said. “None of my friends at bigger schools get the opportunity to hang out with their professors outside of class, so that’s something really cool that I love about Millsaps.”
She credits Dr. Kristen Golden, associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps, with helping her get involved in a variety of issues. Ann Phelps, director of the Faith and Work Initiative, is another favorite of hers on campus.
“She is the most passionate and positive person I have ever met,” Lopez-Esteban said. “She is always laughing and her joy is infectious. I aspire to be like her.”
Lopez-Esteban appreciates the College’s emphasis on community engagement and social justice. “Multiple classes that I have taken require community engaged learning hours, and it has been really rewarding to get off of campus and develop relationships with the greater Jackson community,” she said.
Twice a week, Lopez-Esteban and Maria Vasser, a junior at Millsaps, teach yoga to a group of teenage girls at the Mississippi Children’s Home as part of Lopez-Esteban’s Wellspring Program experience in the Jackson community.
“The girls have gone through a number of difficult experiences in their childhoods and working with and becoming close to them has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had,” Lopez-Esteban said.
She hopes for a career that involves serving others and is still exploring exactly what that will be.
“I’m involved in a lot of activities that keep me busy and I’ve got great friends that help make Millsaps my home away from home,” she said.