“Purpose, once you know the reason why you’re on earth, it motivates you to fulfill your goals,” says Cindy Tchuenkam, a current junior at Mount St. Mary’s University. Cindy or “Chachie” as you may know her, is from Cameroon who resides in Frederick, Maryland. She is currently majoring in political science while minoring in philosophy and human services.
“A passionate, outgoing and determined individual,” were three words Cindy used to describe herself. Not only does she balance her classes and homework, but is also committed to being a peer mentor at the Center for Student Engagement and Success. She was a tele-counselor last year, working with admissions to recruit incoming freshmen. Currently, Cindy is the Vice President of the non-profit organization called Vessel of Honor at the Mount. Vessel of Honor strives to empower women to see themselves in a positive light.
Empowering people is one of the major goals Cindy hopes to fulfill even after she graduates from the Mount. “I plan to get involve in my community in order to impact my generation and to develop the potential that is within people,” says Cindy. “I want to create and open a foundation call ‘Dream Again’ that is design to fulfill and empower my community.” Impacting people from within is one of Cindy’s best legacy that she hopes to achieve.
It is not a secret that Mount professors make a positive impact on students such as Cindy. “All of my professors have push me to develop my writing, critical thinking, and sense of identity. The Mount does not just teach you information, but they teach you how to apply the information,” indicated Cindy. She admires the peaceful environment at Mount St. Mary’s, which allows her to excel academically and socially. “The Mount helped me become creative to think and create ideas.”
Cindy plans to attend graduate school to earn a masters in public administration. As her journey continues, Cindy advises incoming freshmen to “try to get to know who you are, find your identity to figure out your potential and what motivates you. Don’t get lost in the crowd so that you can know what you really want to do,” emphasized Cindy. Ubuntu, meaning humanity to others, and Ujima, meaning collective work and responsibility, are Cindy’s favorite words that she keeps within. She urges others to understand that “life is not a race, but a journey.”