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Women Who Reign: Carolina Gamarra

“Que Sera, Sera” means “Whatever Will Be, Will Be.”
It’s a both a quote and song lyric I love.
I try to keep this in mind because not all things workout the way you want every time.

 

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a rising senior and marketing major at TCNJ! Originally I am from North Bergen, but have been living full time in Ewing for just over a year. I love digital marketing, music, and have three toy-sized poodles.

What # would define your life journey?
#independent As much as I do look up to my older siblings for guidance, I have created my own path with the advice they have given me. Studying abroad solo and living in my own place for just over a year now has taught me to become self sufficient.  

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Favorite website / app:
My favorite social media platform is Instagram, with Snapchat coming in close second. I rarely use my Facebook but I can spend hours scrolling through the explore page on my Instagram.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
My big sister, Margarita, is not only my role model but also my second mother. Our 15 year age gap has given me the advantage of having a knowledgeable guide through each stage of my life. Applying to college, choosing the right one, deciding which major to declare, none of it was done without the help and guidance from my big sister. Throughout my life I’ve had many passions some of which are fashion, music, fine arts, and swimming. When it came time to declare a major I was lost. With so many different passions pulling me in all different directions, it was my sister who helped me analyze what it was that I enjoyed most from each one. She also never fails to remind me that my creativity is one of my biggest strengths. After much deliberation and taking into consideration all the advice she had given me, I decided to become a marketing major and have never once regretted my decision.

Song that makes you want to dance:
There hasn’t been a single time that I’ve listened to Colours by Grouplove and haven’t wanted to dance. The song says “it really ain’t that bad” and “you’ve still got your health” which encourages me to think on the bright side of things and not let negativity get me down.

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Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
Up until fall semester of my junior year, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do after graduation. With my final year quickly approaching I realized that there needed to be a change, I had to do something meaningful. My favorite professor emailed the class asking for a marketing major interested in joining a team for the Mayo Business Plan Competition. I had heard of it on campus before, especially being a part of the business school, it’s like Shark Tank for TCNJ. This is the opportunity I had been waiting for to do something different. Once the team was formed it took months of hard work to create a winning business plan, app, and presentation. I will admit it was hard to stay focused on the bigger picture over winter break when everyone you know is traveling and celebrating. During the semester it became even more challenging balancing work, school, and the competition that would eventually determine my future. I have worked on many projects throughout my college career, have built many business plans for my classes, but never before had I put my heart and soul into one. My team put a tremendous amount of work and passion into our plan, and in the end our lives will never again be the same.

Ideal Job:
My ideal job would be working as a digital media marketing specialist. When looking for a job the environment is perhaps the most important criteria for me. A cooperative team environment and transparency throughout the company are a must. Ideally I would love for Handl to successfully take off in New Jersey, in which case I would be my own boss and implement these values within my own company.  

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Self-doubt is natural, I second guess decisions I make on a daily basis. Did I do that wrong? Could I have done that better? It’s easy to have doubts because you don’t know everything, but neither do I neither does anyone! However just because that is true doesn’t mean you should let that keep you from breaking out of your comfort zone. If you don’t try something new you will never know what is waiting for you at the end of the journey. You are capable of anything that you set your mind to, as long as you believe that you are doing it to the best of your ability. Don’t let self-doubt keep you from finishing something, strive for success in everything that you do!

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