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Hispanic Heritage Month Student Spotlight

09.22.2022 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
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Benjamin Jesus Domenzain

Benjamin Domenzain in traditional ballet folklorico uniform in front of the bell towerBenjamin Jesus Domenzain is a student majoring in Management at Texas Wesleyan. Besides being a full-time student, he is also a community manager for the TXWES Esports and Gaming Department, a new student mentor and performs with a professional Folklorico dance company.

Benjamin's father immigrated from Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico to the United States when he was 20 years old. While living in Mexico, he was forced to provide for his family at an early age and only obtained a third-grade education — he decided to come to the U.S. to find a better life for himself.

"Not only is he a hard worker, but [he is] also a supporter of my dreams to go to college and earn my bachelor's degree," said Benjamin. "He regularly goes back home and stays true to his roots to the present day."

Traditional celebrations that Benjamin and his family enjoy include watching El Grito de Independencia from Mexico's capital on television, going to church and being a part of the Hispanic community in the DFW area. His favorite foods include picadillo, pozole, menudo, asado de puerco, birrie de chivo and tamales de puerco.

Written by Marketing & Communications student employee Thanh N. Ton (Stella)

 

Jung Woo Youn

Jung Woo Youn practicing his golf swing with the West Library in the backgroubndJung Woo Youn is an international student-athlete majoring in psychology and exercise science and is a member of the Texas Wesleyan Men's Golf team.

Jung Woo is from Guatemala City, Guatemala. Originally from South Korea, Jung Woo's parents met and fell in love in Guatemala City and decided to permanently relocate to the city. In addition to their native Korean, his family fluently speaks and writes Spanish and English.

"We don't really celebrate any holiday — instead, we practice golf," said Jung Woo. "Our biggest celebrations are whenever my dad is happy and we will eat bulgogi, a Korean dish," Jung Woo laughed as he spoke.

Written by Marketing & Communications student employee Thanh N. Ton (Stella)

 

Ariadna Garza

Ariadna Garza wearing a green scarfAriadna Garza is a first-generation Hispanic college student from Tamaulipas, Mexico. After immigrating to the United States, Garza's mother took a job as a fieldworker where she earned enough money to purchase land and build a home for her family so that they could live the American dream. After leaving the fields, she now works as a receptionist for a dental office.

One of Aridana's favorite foods is caldo tlalpeño, which is a soup made up of chicken, carrots, potatoes, cheese and chipotle peppers. Ariadna and her family participate in Christmas, New Year's and Diá de los Muertos. On New Year's Day, they eat 12 grapes and make a wish with each one that they eat. On Diá de los Muertos, they visit loved ones' graves and take them food and mariachis to celebrate and remember their lives.

Written by Marketing & Communications student employee Chance Carroll

 

Eric Angel Mendonza

Eric Angel Mendoza posing in front of a treeEric Mendoza is a Hispanic student whose heritage stems from Jalisco, Mexico — his father's hometown. His father came to the United States when he was a teenager with his siblings and began working in the fields of Salinas, California. Shortly after, he and his brothers opened several Mexican restaurants in Indiana. To this day, they are all still run independently by all of the brothers.

Eric and his family make tamales on Christmas, which is always a fun time for him and his family. This tradition is not something that is taken lightly due to the time and skill required to make tamales. Besides tamales, Eric also enjoys other traditional meals such as menudo and chile rellenos.

Written by Marketing & Communications student employee Chance Carroll

 

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