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Women Who Reign: Soleil López Mendoza

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a 19-year-old woman with a love for science and music. I finished my second year of baccalaureate in sciences with concentration in microbiology this past may at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo. Recently I was elected president of the American Medical Student Association UPRA Chapter, helping students with an interest in health profession by contacting professionals that can instruct and guide them. Fun fact? I was playing piano with my dog Layla on my lap five minutes ago.

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What # would define your life journey?
#makeyourmark There are so many ways that you can impact someone’s life. On a daily basis people are watching even when you think they aren’t. Which is why I try to live an exemplary life. Whichever is your preferred way, being kind, making something good or leading something good, always make your mark despite society’s standards and do not go through life unnoticed.

Favorite website / app:
My favorite website would be Facebook because it’s where I can reach more people and It makes me aware of what’s happening in the world. I also like Snapchat because it’s a fun way to reach out to my friends.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper is a dermatologist and woman in STEM that inspires me. She began uploading videos of her work in social media in 2010 and now she has her own Dr.Pimple Popper TV series where you can see the passion she has for her work and the love she has for her patients.

Song that makes you want to dance:
Defying Gravity” – Idina Menzel makes me feel empowered, it gives me the confidence that I need when society and its standards want to stop me from doing something I want to do just for being a woman or being young. Apart from this “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston is a song that I can’t help but dance and sing along to, it’s just too contagious.

Soleil López Mendoza 2Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
Since I was little I have dealt with many skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, tinea versicolor and when I was 16 I was diagnosed with cancerous moles. Living with these I know how they can affect someone’s self esteem, which is why I took it upon me to educate myself so that one day I can improve someone’s quality of life and make them feel comfortable in their own skin.

Ideal Job:
My dream job is to be a dermatologist that not only treats patients in her office but who also does research and development  of products and medications that can help.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Someone is always going to want to hold you back for whatever reason. It is up to you to let them or to rise above them. So if you truly believe that you can do something, do it. Society and its beliefs do not define who you are and what you can or cannot do, you do. #makeyourmark

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