Who Is Nora Villalobos?
Meet one of the most aspiring women in the fitness industry, Nora Villalobos. She began her fitness journey at the age of 16 after being diagnosed with thyroid disease and turned to social media as a way to relay her message of strength and perseverance.
After that she decided to pursue her education, receiving a degree from UC Santa Cruz. Being from Mexico, she was the first of her family to attend and attain a college degree. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and chat about how she pursued her education despite the odds.
Interview With Nora Villalobos.
Congratulations on being the first generation to graduate college! What inspired you to be the first to attend college?
Being an immigrant, I feel there are many stereotypes and assumptions that are placed on us. The fact that I could be the first to attend college and get a degree really pushed me to pursue my education and I love learning and gaining new knowledge. I wanted to break the stereotypes and show that we are also educated and hard working. It’s important that I share the message that anything is possible despite what people might think.
Where and what did you graduate in? What made you choose this field?
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. I have always been a super curious person and interested in how the thoughts and patterns of the mind work.
How did attending college motivate you to achieve your goals?
Being an immigrant and the first of my family to attain a degree, attending college at one point seemed impossible to me. It really motivated me and wanted to prove to myself and others that anything I set my mind to I can achieve
What advice would you give others that want to achieve their goals and attend a university?
The advice I would give is to find a mentor, I think it’s really important to have someone that already has the experience that can help guide you and really use your resources that many colleges provide. From personal experience, I have found them as a great tool that really helped guide me through the college experience. If you qualify for EOP, like me, there are many resources they provide for first-generation students.
What is next for Nora in your academic career?
Currently, I am taking a break and focusing on building my brand on social media. I want to really engage with my followers and put out the content they really want to see. I plan to perfect my expertise for the next year and then will explore my career opportunities in my field.
Thank you, Nora, for chatting with us, you are such inspiration to many people out there and admire your hard work and message that you are sharing with others.
You can follow Nora and her journey on both Instagram and TikTok!