Hello CEO supporters! My name is Abby Téllez, and I am a CEO alumna, class of 2017. I would love a moment to share with you my life after CEO. After graduating CEO, I moved to St. Louis to attend Washington University. There, I am a pre-law student, majoring in History, with a focus on Latin America, and double-minoring in Spanish and Finance.
The greatest skill that CEO fostered in me is to find my passion and have the drive to take initiative and lead. At Washington University, I was blessed to have quickly discovered groups and missions that complement my life passions. I joined a small group of young women who provide moral support and help build each other up. I then discovered a program called “Each One Teach One.” This program matches college students with middle-school students in under-resourced areas in St. Louis. College students act as mentors and provide moral and academic support to these students. I fell in love with the program and decided to volunteer as a mentor. I have two kids I am getting to know.
Besides being on the board of the Association for Latin American Students and singing with an a-Capella group, I ran for Student Union Senate and won. The experience was an incredible thrill, and I am excited to advocate for the students and their wellbeing.
Balancing all of this, in addition to class work, staying in touch with friends and family, and managing a social life has been taxing and difficult. But, fortunately, CEO prepared me to step up to the plate and lead. I can say with confidence that I would not be doing all I do without the CEO experience my senior year.
I have am thankful for all the support from my parents, my best friends, and my wonderful CEO facilitators. I cannot wait to visit the current CEO class and tell them about the great things they will do when they graduate.