Fiorella Luna Fuentes
UW-Superior’s unique programs bring people from all over the world to study here. Fiorella Luna Fuentes travelled over 4,500 miles to get her master’s in Art Therapy from UW-Superior.
“I decided to come to UW-Superior after I did my research and found that this is the best program for Art Therapy in the Midwest,” said Fiorella. “UW-Superior also had English as a Second Language International (ESLi) to help me learn how to speak English.”
After getting a degree in Biotechnology and realizing it wasn’t for her, Fiorella is now happy to be studying something she truly enjoys.
“I’ve always liked art, and I’ve always been empathetic and had a connection with people,” she said. “When I talk with someone, I feel for them as a person. So being able to work with and help people and make art is a mixture of all of my passions.”
Being able to express herself in her classes has allowed Fiorella to get even more out of her program.
“I really like the instructors here. They are like friends,” she said. “Even though there is a language barrier, I can still talk to them. I feel so comfortable in my classes, and I can ask them for help with anything I need. We’re encouraged to do so, and I love that.”
Getting used to being alone so far away from home was both exciting and scary for Fiorella, but it gave her newfound freedom.
“I’ve learned to be open minded and to not be shy or afraid of anything. Going and trying new things has given me a new way of going about my life.”
Being more open has allowed Fiorella to connecting with people from all walks of life.
“I like so many of the international students,” she said. “I never thought I could meet people so far away from my own culture for example, China and Vietnam. I’ve been opened to new ways of thinking.”
When she started at UW-Superior, she was the only Spanish speaker. It helped her English, but now there are other students that speak Spanish from Colombia, Mexico and Spain
“It’s made me feel a bit closer to home. Everyone is so friendly. They always smile and want to talk to you. It’s so different from home,” Fiorella said. “It was the biggest thing to get used to, but now I like that people want to get to know me.”
Though, she isn’t sure she wants to leave the United States just yet, Fiorella says she will follow her dreams wherever life takes her after getting her master’s in Art Therapy.
UW-Superior has numerous programs unique to the area and master’s programs for students to choose from. Contact Admissions today to discuss your options.