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Above, Karen Canela ’20 plans on a career in broadcast journalism. Below, Karen’s sister, Kircys Canela ’18 (on the right), also attends MCLA.

Freshman Aims for Broadcast Career


MCLA is pleased to offer this story in a series of student profiles about our Class of 2020. We are proud to introduce just a few of the many accomplished and diverse students who belong to this distinctive group, as we discover more about them, their hopes, their dreams, and their goals for the future as they begin their MCLA careers.

In pursuit of a career in broadcast media, English/Communications major Karen Canela ’20 of New York, N.Y., plans to inform people about the events that happen around the world each day, as she helps to capture historic moments that affect change.

Broadcast media is Canela’s passion: she envisions becoming a news anchor. “It’s what helps me stay motivated in school,” she explained. “I know that, without an education, I will not make it in the field. … I want to keep people aware of issues that are prevalent in today’s world. To me, that’s all that matters.”

Although Canela’s sister, Kircys Canela ’18, also is an MCLA student, that fact did not affect her decision to select the College: Canela first became interested in MCLA when she took part in a college prep program as a freshman in high school.

“I had always being interested in seeing what MCLA had to offer. I was undecided between MCLA and another school, but when I visited both, I envisioned myself more at MCLA,” Canela said.

Canela, who came to live in the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was 8 and Kircys was 10, said she enjoys being on campus with her sister.

“My sister and I are completely different from each other, in the best way. But one trait that we do share is our commitment to being involved in the community,” Canela explained.

Back in high school, some of her favorite activities included cooking, yoga, swimming and singing. She also served as a Sunday school teacher to second graders, and helped to feed the homeless each Saturday.

Now, “My favorite things to do are acting and dancing. I have always love expressing myself through dance, and being able to become someone else as I act makes me feel like the sky's the limit.”

Interior decorating is another hobby of Canela’s. “I am a perfectionist at heart, so I appreciate simple details,” she said.

So far at MCLA, Canela has joined the Cheerleading Club, and she is interested in participating in the Student Activities Council (SAC). In addition, “I’ve always wanted to travel the world, and MCLA gives students the opportunity to do so,” through the study abroad program.

Canela said her adjustment to life on campus was easy. “It’s all about balancing priorities, and doing exactly what I came here to do,” she said.

“I am excited about the opportunities that MCLA has to offer, and the new journey that I have begun here.”