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Paula Gonzalez, a senior from Maracaibo, Venezuela, is Tech’s 2022 homecoming queen. Majoring in nuclear medicine technology with a minor in biology, she is an executive board member for SGA, an orientation leader, and a Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member.
Gonzalez does radio for Tech, a member of the Hispanic students’ organization and the Order of Omega. She is also a member of the ATU Sluggers, the chemistry club, and women in STEM.
“Being named homecoming queen is an amazing honor. For me, this means representing the university. I want people to be passionate about Tech and what it offers,” Gonzalez said.
She hopes she can lead by example, prompting freshmen and other students to be inspired by winning.
“I hope freshmen can look up to me and believe that if I could win this honor, then they can reach whatever their goals are in life,” she said. “Tech became my home away from home, and I need to show others the same love and support that I have and continue to receive.”
Gonzalez enrolled in Tech after learning about its incredible international program. This rings true, and besides the experiences she has had here, her favorite part of Tech is the people.
“Our community here has definitely made me feel at home. I have met so many students and faculty who have impacted my life. I could not be more grateful,” she said.
Gonzalez said her biggest supporters are her parents, close friends, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
“Coming into college, I missed my family more than anyone could imagine. I had not found my ‘away family’ until I joined the sorority. Since that day, they have been the most significant support system anyone could ask for,” she said.
As homecoming queen, Gonzalez wants to work with different organizations on campus to help improve the university and highlight the best parts of Tech.
“This journey has been unbelievable, and to stand alongside the other amazing nominees was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. I hope this encourages others to try new things and step outside their comfort zones,” Gonzalez said.
Her goals this year include traveling home, celebrating everything she has accomplished this semester with her family, and spending time with them over the winter break.
She enjoys dancing, traveling, and trying new restaurants in her free time.
“I am incredibly thankful for everyone who believed in me and supported me along the way and excited to represent Tech and my fellow students,” Gonzalez said.