From shy to social: Student leader enjoys 'growing experience'

Grecia Portillo to take over CU Denver social media channels at commencement

May 10, 2018

Grecia Portillo is wrapping up an exciting year as CU Denver’s student body president. As she prepares for graduation this weekend, during which she will share the excitement via CU Denver social media channels (see sidebar below), CU Denver Today sat down with her to see how she was feeling about the occasion and her plans for the future.

What are your plans after graduation?

CU Denver student Grecia Portillo
Asked what she’ll miss about CU Denver, Portillo said, “Everything here is a learning experience. You can make mistakes and you can learn and grow from them.”

That’s a good question. I don’t have 100 percent plans. I’m not really rushing into anything yet. I think life’s too short to be somewhere I don’t want to be, so I don’t want to just dive into any job. I know I could go to graduate school, but I don’t want to do it right away. I think I’d like to do that in the next year or two. I have also been interviewing for jobs. I’m going to Hong Kong in June as part of the Dragon Boat Festival. It’s the first time a CU Denver team has been invited to go abroad. I’m excited about that. But as of right now, my calendar is pretty open immediately after graduation.

What about graduation are you most excited about?

I’m excited about not having homework. But I’m really excited to see where my degree can take me. I worked so hard for a reason – I studied International Business – and I’m excited to see what possibilities I have worldwide.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

As a freshman I was really shy and quiet. I was a follow-the-rules kind of person. I think what made me branch out was getting involved in student government. I learned to stand my ground more and to not be afraid to voice my opinion. My advice to other students would be to get involved. Play a sport, join a student organization or a club, or even get a work-study job. Do anything to make you feel more a part of the community.

What has been your proudest moment at CU Denver?

Definitely my proudest moment was being elected student body president. Like I said, being someone who was shy and quiet, I never could have imagined being the head of the student body. Over the years I have gained confidence, public speaking skills and team-building skills.

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Be sure to follow Grecia as she takes over CU Denver’s Snapchat and Instagram Stories channels leading up to and during the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies.[/cucalloutbox]

I have been a part of student government for four years and becoming president was an incredible opportunity. It was such a growing experience, and I’m very proud of that accomplishment.

What are you going to miss most about CU Denver and being a college student?

At CU Denver everything is a learning experience. You can make mistakes and you can learn and grow from them. The stakes are higher in the real world. But I feel like I’ve learned a lot here to help me prepare for those challenges. I’m going to miss my friends, and I’m going to miss the community.