Emma Guapo '14

Emma Guapo '14

A Supportive Environment at School and Work

Emma Guapo '14 was a first-generation college student, meaning she was the first in her family to graduate university and couldn't rely on previous knowledge to navigate classes, scholarships, and other aspects of higher education. However, she notes, "Utah Valley University (UVU) provided a supportive environment that prepared me for the professional world."

Ensuring Access

As an open enrollment institution, UVU ensures that higher education is accessible to Emma and others like her. She also cites UVU's commitment to welcoming individuals from all backgrounds as a key reason why she found support. From the Women's Success Center to Multicultural Student Services and numerous campus clubs, there is a place for everyone at UVU.

Emma graduated with a bachelor's degree in community health in 2014. Currently, she manages client relations at EverMed Exams, a small company that assists people with the Social Security Disability process. She has become a leader in her industry and has returned to campus to speak with students about her career path and mentor them.

A Big Takeaway

The biggest takeaway Emma has from her career is how important it is to observe and learn from colleagues. She says that it helps her "determine my future goals as an employee, the type of company or role that suits me best, and the kind of work environment I prefer." Her close-knit team works well together and is dedicated to aiding others in obtaining their disability benefits.