Laura Montoya

APEX Fellowship | Laura Montoya

October 27, 2020   /  

Major: Sociology
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Wingard

Andrew Award of Excellence

At Samaritan House in Virginia Beach, a nonprofit service provider for domestic violence victims, I assisted in conducting community needs research and creating advocacy presentations to combat local domestic violence.

The Andrew Award for Excellence recognizes students who demonstrated distinction throughout the process of applying for an APEX Fellowship.

Laura Montoya will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

14 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Laura Montoya”

  1. Great and reflective video. I enjoyed how to linked your internship activities to your educational goals on campus and in graduate school. This is a great example of how experiential learn can help with long-term career paths. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for your response and for taking the time to learn about my experience, Dr. Edmiston! I really appreciate it.

  2. I really enjoyed your presentation. I am thankful for having been able to hear a bit about your experience as you were undergoing this fellowship and now seeing the culmination of your work. I can’t wait to see what you do post-grad!

    1. Thank you, Cesar! I really appreciate your interest in my experience. I can’t wait to see what you will be doing either, I know it will be big!

  3. Wonderful job Laura! Thanks for sharing – it seems like it was an incredibly reflective and informative experience 🙂

    1. It really was, I was able to reflect a lot on my career goals as well as my personal goals through this experience. Thanks so much for watching, Jenna!

  4. Nice presentation, Laura. I love the way you enhanced your own experience by designing some of your own projects.

    1. Thanks, Krista! I really enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from the staff on a more intimate level by designing a project which would ultimately benefit me both personally and professionally. Interning during the era of COVID definitely called for a lot of self-initiative, problem-solving skills, and some improvisation.

  5. Is that THE Laura Montoya blessing my screen with intelligence and social justice advocacy?! Thank you for sharing your work! It has been a pleasure being able to see you work throughout the summer and then the final product. Congratulations!

    1. Maresa! Thank you so much for your kind words and for being such a supportive friend throughout my experience 🙂 It has meant a lot!

  6. Laura – Love, love, love the informational interview series you created for yourself. I can only imagine the Samaritan House staff appreciated being asked about their experience and insights. Congratulations to you and many thanks to Samaritan House for navigating as best you both could through the remote experience.

    1. Thank you, Cathy! I really enjoyed them as well. That project was the most impactful part of my experience and I felt quite grateful to be able to take the opportunity to learn from the staff for both my personal and professional benefit.

  7. Laura,
    Thank you for your presentation. I am impressed at the way you created your own project to learn more about your co-workers career paths.

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