All Episodes

April 21, 2022 27 min

Valeria Rivera personifies the growth you can experience by stepping out of your comfort zone. Her origins brought her from San Salvador, El Salvador, to now being one semester away from graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Commercial Design from Lycoming College. She’s transformed from a shy international student who just moved to the U.S. to a bold, confident, and creative spirit. She’s found her voice, and she’s ready to share it with the world.


  • 03:07 - Did being shy prevent you from doing the things you wanted to do?
  • 04:09 - Valeria speaks on the groups, events, and passions she’s been involved in over the years. 
  • 06:49 - What about growing up in San Salvador really stood out? 
  • 08:22 - How did you decide on studying in the U.S., and specifically at Lycoming College? 
  • 11:10 - Valeria and Simon speak of the ties that Valeria has to Williamsport, Pennsylvania that makes it the perfect place for her. 
  • 13:06 - How did you overcome your struggles with language to find your own voice? 
  • 16:50 - Valeria speaks on the health & wellness techniques that have helped her overcome negative self-talk. 
  • 19:20 - Is it the fear of failure or the lack of effort that is harder to live with?
  • 20:40 - What message would you give students in El Salvador who are unsure of the next step they should take? 
  • 23:55 - What are your favorite slang words in English and in Spanish?
    Lycoming College 

    San Salvador, El Salvador 

    Beta Phi Gamma

    Lycoming College Writing Center

    Circle K

    American School of El Salvador 

    Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

    American Slang Words




    Studying in the USA

    Learning English 

    Tips to Manage School Stress





    Find our Podcasts here

    Mark as Played

    Advertise With Us

    Popular Podcasts

    Dateline NBC
    Crime Junkie

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Stuff You Should Know

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    For You

      Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


      © 2023 iHeartMedia, Inc.