By Lauren Hames
As a young girl, Wendolly Esparza — as well as many other little girls — dreamed of being crowned the pageant queen in the Feria Nacional de San Marcos, an annual fair in her home state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.
This particular dream never became a reality, but instead was a stepping stone to a much larger goal. Though she didn’t win the fair’s pageant, her performance was still impressive enough to earn her a spot in two state and national pageants, both of which she won. Esparza, a 2013 Loyola graduate, will now compete in the Miss Universe pageant in January.
“I’ve learned that no dream is too big,” Esparza told the Loyola Student Dispatch. “I never would’ve thought I was going to represent Mexico in Miss Universe, but hard work, determination and a little bit of luck will take you places you once thought were impossible to reach.”
Esparza lived most of her life in north suburban Waukegan, Illinois. She majored in journalism, with minors in Spanish and Latin American literature. She decided to attend Loyola with the help of the Cristo Rey scholarship, and lived on campus all four years.