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A wise freshman: The story of Erreca Victor

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Kelley) Humans of UMass Lowell is a project that aims to bring together the University community by sharing stories and experiences via social media.

Kyle Kelley
Connector Contributor

Two things grind freshman Erecca Victor’s gears: when people leave their backpacks hanging too low on their backs and being interrupted.

Victor is undeclared. She said that something she finds interesting in her life right now is art. “Art fascinates me, no matter the type of art, just art in general,”.

She wishes her parents had given her more freedom and taught her how to be independent more. She said she needs to learn “how to navigate myself on my own because I haven’t really had that much freedom.”

Still, as the youngest in her family, she feels as though she is prepared because of her parents. “I’ve always gotten advice from [my parents’] past mistakes,” she said.

As a Haitian American, Victor feels strongly about the mistreatment of Haitian migrants by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “I just wish that they could handle things a bit differently, to be honest,” she said. “It should be common knowledge not to treat people badly based off of where they come from.”

She would like to tell people to “think before you do anything and get advice from as many people as you can.” She goes on to say, “pay more attention to people, be nice to people and basically be as successful as you can.”

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