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Q&A with Citlalli Moreno ‘23 (Environmental Science)


Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Citlalli Moreno, a first-generation college student who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with a minor in Geology at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Environmental Science?

I grew up in a house full of plants, and both of my parents had a love and respect for nature, which they instilled in me, as well as curiosity for the endless questions I had, for which they did not have an answer.

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

The cozy feeling. Plus, the campus is beautiful, and you can really connect with professors! 

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (either on or off campus)? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I am part of the Powerlifting Club

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

Dr. Leah Courtland, for sure! She is a fantastic woman, professor, advisor, and mother! I thought about leaving UIndy a few semesters in when COVID hit, but Dr. Courtland helped me get through my curriculum. She also introduced me to the wonders of the geology world, which is why I decided to add geology as a minor. 

Dr. Nick Soltis also had a big impact on my time in UIndy, as his classes were challenging and fun! There is also not a dull moment in his classroom, ever!

I had Dr. P. Roger Sweets as my first environmental science class and as my capstone advisor. It really became a full-circle moment, and I am very grateful.

Coach Danielle McCuan brought powerlifting to UIndy, and with that I got new friends that I will take with me for a lifetime.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

Joining the powerlifting club and getting to compete with my teammates is probably one of the greatest memories I’ll take with me, as well as my Spring Term trip to Costa Rica!

What are your plans after graduation? 

I’m taking some time off to go see my family in Mexico before diving into a job!

How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?

I have had very challenging courses that have taught me very important concepts as well as skills in programs that I think will help me with the job hunt.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Talk to your professors! I cannot stress enough how much easier life gets when you communicate with them. They are a resource, and they were already in your shoes, so just give it a shot.