"So Many Opportunities" at St. Thomas

When Adalí Flores-Mendoza '23 was attending Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in her birth city of Minneapolis, she thought she’d attend a large college in a big city like Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. But when she started looking closely at schools best suited for her as a first-generation Mexican American, she decided to also apply to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul - a campus that led her to exclaim “que lindo” - “how beautiful.”

Her mother told her that “Tommies get jobs,” and that resonated with Adalí, who has many career dreams, including starting as a social media manager, spending time as an English teacher in Japan or South Korea, and one day to rise to editor in chief of a major magazine. So, she pursued St. Thomas.

She is now a junior with a triple major in communications studies, Spanish, and English with emphasis on professional writing.

She’s already starting to live out some of her dreams. On campus, she was a social media intern for the office of the VP of Student Affairs and is now a student worker with ITS, the Innovation & Technology Services department.

“There are so many opportunities here,” she said. “I could’ve gone somewhere else, but honestly, at the end of the day I am happy I am here – I have been so blessed.”

She is Adalí Flores-Mendoza and she is proud to be a Tommie.