Germaine Peña-Fermin

Caracas, Venezuela and Canóvanas, Puerto Rico

BSW, Social Work, Cleveland State University

What I Love About Kent State
The warm and welcoming environment displayed by everyone on campus.

Fun Fact
I was born in Venezuela, grew up in Puerto Rico and have Dominican and Indigenous heritage. I attended the University of Puerto Rico my freshmen year, transferred to Cuyahoga Community College and graduated from Cleveland State University.

Favorite On-Campus Food
Although I’m picky with my food Ray’s exceeded my expectations.

Advice for Prospective Students
We tend to have informal mentors and oftentimes do not realize they are performing mentor duties, so ask them to formally become your mentor.

College life is about balance, so you need to be prepared to put a lot of hard work and dedication every day, while also making time for yourself.

Establishing a relationship with professors, college/academic advisors, and just taking advantage of all the resources on campus will benefit you greatly. These resources have been implemented for your success, so take advantage of all of them! By establishing relationships, you are rooting yourself for success. Ask someone to be your mentor and build a solid relationship.