Beyond the classroom, she joined Mason's Lending Hands program, which provides a wide range of assistance to orphan children. She also has volunteered in her community library and at her church. She uses her native Spanish in her work with low-income families through the bilinguial Strengthening Families Program.
It has been a long journey for Margot, who left her country, family, and friends to pursue her dream of getting a degree. From ESL classes to a psychology degree from Northern Virginia Community College, and now at Mason in the psychology honors program, Margot has shown courage, resolve, and motivation to succeed while taking on ever more difficult challenges.
She received the Dean’s Challenge Scholarship for 2011-2012.