When not spending time with her adorable and snapstory-worthy baby brother, senior Alma Godinez is an icon of the BSM hallways.
With a passion for social justice, a dedication to helping others, and a willingness to always lend a hand, this senior has established herself as the embodiment of service at BSM.
One of Alma’s passions is creating a welcoming community at school. Through her involvement with RKVC and class service projects, Alma continues to bring the community together. “[Building communities is important] to understand each other and overcome issues together,” Alma said.
This busy senior has quite the schedule with her multiple classes and service commitments, but she always has time to carve out for her family. “When I’m stressed, I just hang out with my little brother. There’s always something to do with him like running around and playing with him. [In my free time] I like to jog or go to church. I enjoy serving and it’s become a part of my life but I also love spending time with my family; they’re so much fun,” Alma said.
Along with hanging out with her family, Alma has also found a love for service and volunteering. Since she began her academic career at BSM, Alma has discovered how service is an integral part of her identity, especially in her community at the Church of the Ascension. “I know Benilde is really big on service and I think that they have done a good job of making me realize the importance of service in my own life. I love being able to work with my community, especially at my church. It means a lot to me that I can work with them. I may not be able to do much, but I can do something,” Alma said.
Despite being known for her commitment to service, Alma also enjoys being creative. “I love to write. I like to write stories that people don’t write about, like my family and our history. Believe it or not, I like to write poems; I have a few and they’re usually about my mom or my dad,” Alma said.
Alma is a leader who is never afraid to address a huge issue, and she is a girl whose wisdom exceeds her age. ”
— Ms. Lisa Lenhart-Murphy
Over her years at BSM, Alma has learned how to speak up when it comes to social injustices, and she now knows what she can do during challenging times. Her leadership was prominent in the weeks and months following the latest Presidential Election. Through this, Alma has learned the importance of a community and why speaking up is necessary. “If I had to tell my freshman self something, the main one would be to speak up and say something. I remember during freshman year I would just sit back and hear things and I think I could have been more impactful if I had said something,” Alma said.
Alma’s experience with her family and service has helped shape her vision and future goals for herself. “I see myself graduating and working in something that I like. I was thinking of taking some kind of year or two to do service in another country through the peace corps or nurse corps. When my mother was growing up, she lived in a small rural town with no doctors or anything so she had all her babies in her house. This impacted me because if there were resources for these women, there would be more learning,” Alma said.
This fall, Alma will be attending The College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. There, she hopes to ful ll her dream of becoming a midwife, take the values that she learned at BSM, and apply them in her future. Alma hopes that she will be remembered as someone that students could talk to and as someone who speaks up. Although she may be leaving BSM, Alma continues to act as a role model to many, including her younger brother. “[My little brother] inspires me because I want him to look up at my older sister and I and think that ‘that’s how I want to be.’ He inspires me to do better, so he can be better,” Alma said.