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Sandra Martinez-Zuniga
Master of Education in School Counseling
Class of 2010
Arequipa, Peru

A gift to the School of Education supports outstanding students like Sandra Martinez-Zuniga by helping offset the cost of their tuition and providing important experiences to help prepare them for their future professional positions.

Sandra will graduate from the Master of Education program in school counseling this summer. She hopes to remain in North Carolina, working as a school counselor and advocating for the academic, personal and career development of all her students.  

Her academic journey began in her hometown of Arequipa, Peru, where she attended Catolica de Santa Maria University. After college, she began coordinating study-abroad programs for high school and college students at the Center for Interamerican Studies in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Sandra discovered her passion for working with young people and helping them recognize their own strengths. “I believe educators are the most important people in helping guide students through the difficult transitional years from childhood to adulthood,” she says.

With the goal of becoming a school counselor, Sandra began exploring options for graduate study. She was drawn to the School Counseling program at Carolina’s School of Education because of the innovative and comprehensive framework of the program as well as the resources that are readily available to students.

A merit scholarship helped make Sandra’s dream of enrolling in the School Counseling master’s program a reality. “I am very grateful for this scholarship as it has made it possible for me to attend this program at the School of Education to become a school counselor,” she states.   

Sandra says that she has found Chapel Hill to be a wonderful place to live and study.

“There’s always something going on around town – cultural events, speakers, conferences. It is never boring!”

And perhaps most importantly, she feels confident that the knowledge and skills she is gaining as a student are preparing her well for her future career as a school counselor.

“I am especially benefitting from the knowledgeable faculty, who have extensive experience and expertise in my particular areas of interest – middle school counseling and youth empowerment,” she remarks. “And I am learning so much from the year-long internship that is part of the School Counseling program. The internship experience is giving me real insight into the opportunities and challenges that school counselors face on a daily basis.”

Please consider making a gift to the School of Education Foundation so that we can provide the best opportunities and education for students like Sandra.

Every gift in any amount is helpful and appreciated. To give a gift online, visit Make a Gift. You may also send a check to the School of Education Foundation, Attn: Annual Fund, Peabody Hall, CB 3500, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500.

For more information, contact Laurie Norman at or (919) 843-6979.