Fatima Arroyo is a junior in Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Division of Consumer Science. Arroyo changed her major to selling and sales management in the College of Health and Human Sciences in spring 2021 to combine her passion for building relationships with her interest in working in a business industry. Coming from a Mexican American culture, Arroyo noted that Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) offers a great opportunity to learn more about the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make up Purdue University and the nation.
What is your major in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), and what made you choose it?
My major is selling and sales management. I’ve always felt a calling to the business industry and working with people. Navigating different majors within business, from marketing to accounting, allowed me to see that I could use my strengths in communication with the end user of a company. I am a people person, and I enjoy building relationships with others. The people side of business is exactly where I want to pursue my profession. Sales allows me to build my skills as a professional and learn how to build relationships with others. It is a great mix of skills and is flexible with any future path I may want to take after I graduate. I am excited to pursue this new career path and enhance my strengths along the way.
What has been your proudest accomplishment as a Purdue student?
I have found many opportunities to get involved with Boiler Catholics at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University. It has allowed me to grow in various leadership roles and take initiative within the community. Becoming a member of this community within Purdue has been one of my greatest accomplishments!
What are your plans for after you graduate?
After graduation, I plan to work in a sales career field and travel around in my job.
What do you think is important for people to know about Hispanic Heritage Month?
The Hispanic community has grown so much — just as other ethnicities have within the United States. We have had great Hispanic leaders and role models. Being able to experience the richness of the Hispanic culture only makes me want to share it with others. There are many events that have molded our history and shaped Hispanics today to be the proud citizens that we are. My parents are from Mexico, and as a first-generation Mexican American, embracing my culture is so important to me. I love my Mexican roots, and I will continue to practice and share traditions with others and one day pass them down to my future generations. We are all one community, and being able to experience other cultures is a wonderful opportunity to be receptive to all the diverse backgrounds that make up our nation and especially Purdue University!
Written by: Rebecca Hoffa, firstname.lastname@example.org