Monica Segura-Schwartz

From: Bogotá, Colombia  Current City: St. Cloud, MN
"It doesn’t matter how you come here. It doesn’t matter how you decide to stay. Every single person that moves from home will grieve. And I’m still grieving."
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Nature has always been important to Monica Segura-Schwartz. When she moved to Minnesota, she missed being surrounded by mountains but has grown to love the Midwestern landscape.

Ms. Segura-Schwartz was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. Many of her relatives lived in the small town of Tarqui, and she spent most of her vacations visiting the family farms there. Her uncles would give her small tasks like making cheese or picking guava trees. Monica attended college in Bogota and studied electrical engineering.

When she completed her studies, Monica decided to travel the world. She visited a friend in Minnesota and learned about English courses taught at St. Cloud State University. She returned to Colombia and contemplated her future. Monica put her engineering career on hold and moved to Minnesota. She often felt homesick, but joining a Latino student club helped alleviate her loneliness.

Currently, Ms. Segura-Schwartz is employed by Catholic Charities, working primarily with the immigrant community as a Program Manager. She volunteers for a number of organizations and sits on the local school board. In her spare time, she loves tree climbing, snowshoeing, hiking, and doing other outdoor activities. Monica and her husband continue to living in St. Cloud, MN.

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