Abigail Brizuela is a senior finance and business administration double major with a management emphasis from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Abigail is the third sister to attend to attend Ouachita after alumnus Wayne Clinkingbeard, a missionary serving in Honduras, shared with her family his love for Ouachita. “I knew I wanted my own Ouachita story after hearing the stories about the Ouachita difference,” Abigail said.
“Being in a different country for most of the year away from friends and family is challenging,” Abigail added. “God has used these times to teach me to trust in Him and that He is always there. Ouachita has given me Godly friends to encourage me and Godly professors like Dr. Bryan McKinney who not only advise me in my studies but even attended Tri Chi Family Day with me since my family could not be here.”
Abigail has created her own Ouachita story by immersing herself in all the things that make Ouachita, Ouachita. She is involved in Campus Ministries, Alpha Chi Honor Society, the International Food Festival Committee, the Academic Success Center, Hickingbotham School of Business Student Advisory Board and Tri Chi women’s social club.
After rushing Tri Chi, Abigail said she was “amazed at how joining a group of young women I did not know could become loving and caring friends I can trust through thick and thin.”
When it comes to her academic pursuits, Abigail said, “Being a part of Enactus, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action, has given me hands-on experience by pitching new ideas to other entrepreneurs, organizing events to help the community, expanding my business network and traveling to different states to compete with a team.
“The faculty and my friends at Ouachita have taken the time to invest in my life and that is what makes Ouachita, Ouachita,” she added.
Your gifts to the Cornerstone Fund allow you to invest in Abigail’s story and the stories of countless other students like her by supporting the organizations that make a difference in her life like Campus Ministries, the Academic Success Center, Enactus and so much more.
“I am thankful for donors who give so I can make the most of my Ouachita experience,” Abigail noted. “Your gifts not only support the difference-making programs but they also provided me with the financial assistance I needed to continue my undergraduate degree.” Abigail’s bigger dream is to get her Master’s degree and help her family manage and grow their Christian, bilingual school in Honduras and to give back by helping missionaries with translation to help spread the Gospel.