“I always like to challenge myself, so being Head Gryphon was the next step,” she says. “I want to support the Gryphons, help them understand the experience, get the most out of it and develop as a person as much as possible.”
Mendez also is active in the Newman Center, Lehigh’s campus Catholic community. “My faith is important to me,” she says. Other roles include serving in the Student Athlete Council and being a student representative on the University Committee on Discipline.
She becomes most passionate when talking about her work as an Admissions Fellow, where she interacts with prospective students.
“I love Lehigh and I want to share how special Lehigh is,” Mendez says. She conducts interviews, participates in student panels, and answers questions about the Lehigh community.
One of the things that she shares with prospective students is the wealth of opportunities available at the university, such as the Martindale Student Associates Honors Program, which provides a fully funded opportunity to study abroad. In summer 2022, Mendez was part of a select group of 12 Lehigh juniors traveling to Denmark. They met with leaders in government, business, social service and more to examine the opportunities and challenges facing the country. Mendez’s final essay about her experience focuses on how seawater level rise will impact Denmark.