An Exceptional Experience

Magdelena “Maggie” Saenz Ruiz (’16)It’s not uncommon for students to have to leave their hometown to attend college. Magdalena “Maggie” Saenz Ruiz (’16), however, traveled a lot farther than most to get to Loras. Maggie, a native of Colombia, joined the College community in August 2012 and since arriving, Maggie has had some amazing opportunities. She is majoring in kinesiology, has a double minor in Catholic studies and coaching and also participates in cross country, serving as the women’s team captain. When thinking about her involvement as a student-athlete, Maggie states that “my exceptional experience at Loras has allowed me to discern my talents, overcome obstacles, learn to accept failure and to persevere in the midst of suffering, preoccupation and despair. Effort, dedication, discipline, responsibility and humility have provided me with the foundation for my life’s realization as a holistic human being, especially within the spheres of athletics and academics.”

Maggie credits Loras with helping her develop “as an authentic human being capable of selflessly and humbly offering my gifts and talents to others. I have become a genuine servant leader in a variety of dimensions, including athletics, academics and Catholic identity and ministry.” These experiences are allowing her to shape her life’s pursuits in order to “uniquely discern [her] mission and vocation.”

After graduation, Maggie plans to apply for one year of Optional Practical Training in the United States where she will be able to work in various disciplines. She would also like to continue her education in sports pedagogy, kinesiology, sport psychology or exercise science. Maggie hopes to become a missionary serving around the world and in her words, “wholly embrace those who are living in extreme poverty.”

Maggie states that “I am convinced that I will never regret my decision to come to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Without support, my experience would not have happened.” With your financial assistance, Maggie, and students like her, have the opportunity to receive the Catholic liberal arts education that Loras College provides.

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