Born in El Salvador, Mount Ida College alumna, Karla Ventura ’07, never imagined the types of opportunities her time on campus would create well past graduation as a communications major. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ventura to learn more about her perspective on why she supports the Fund for Mount Ida and to also find out what inspires what she calls “her crazy enthusiasm for Mount Ida.”
Q: How do you look back on your Mount Ida College experience?
A: “Mount Ida connected me to opportunities I never had in high school. As a freshman, I immediately was encouraged by the student activities director to establish the first ever Hispanic American Club which is now called SALSA (Student Association for Latino and Spanish Americans). That support gave me the confidence to run and get elected to other leadership positions in student clubs. I was and still am a huge fan of Mount Ida activities and events and include many of my professors as friends today.”
Q: Tell us about your career path.
A: “The campus staff and my professors always have played a key part in my career. Since graduation, I have a handful of professors and staff that I consider friends. I go to them for guidance, networking and as references; they know me so well. Since 2008, I have been Grant Administrator for Research Management at Partners Healthcare in Boston. I love the role and company and am always learning. Previously, I’ve held development positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.”
Q: Why do you support the Fund for Mount Ida College?
A: “I think back to those early days as a student when I received a grant for my books from the Learning Circle (TLC). I will always be grateful for the generous help. As an alumna, I want to return that support to someone else in need. I often designate my annual fund donation to what’s meaningful to me. Recently, I supported the new Campus Center and Dining Commons because student activities played such a big role in my life here. Lastly, I support Mustang Athletics activities as many of my friends were Mustang athletes and to honor the legacy of two of my athlete friends who passed: Brian Eyles and Richie Dykas. I’ve made some great friends, particularly our group who goes to the annual Brian Eyles Alumni Lacrosse game at homecoming-you know who you are!”
Q: What other ways do you give back to Mount Ida College?
A: “Besides money, I am still involved at Mount Ida. A couple of summers ago, Student Affairs asked me to help run the Senior Week and Spring Weekend. It was a wonderful opportunity and an experience that brought back great memories. Since graduating, I’ve missed only one alumni event and am currently the Vice President of the Alumni Council. I am active because I hope my crazy enthusiasm for Mount Ida inspires others to give back in their own personal way.”