Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois bestows the Student Laureate award on one outstanding senior from each of the four-year colleges and universities in the state. Concordia-Chicago’s 2020-21 awardee was Gerardo Medina, who is graduating with a BA in criminal justice and political science.

“I really enjoyed discovering my vocation at CUC,” he says. “When I began college I had no idea what I wanted to study. I finally began taking political science courses, where my love for the law began. I owe a special thanks to all the professors I had over the years, especially Dr. Robert Hayes, who pushed me academically and presented opportunities for me to find out if I wanted to be a lawyer.”

In the fall, Medina will be attending law school at the University of Illinois. “I hope to discover which type of law I will practice during my time there,” he says. “Whatever I end up doing, I will always strive to help marginalized communities and give people opportunities to have success in life.”

Medina played on the men’s soccer team for all four years at Concordia-Chicago. “Coach Michael Arango helped me become the person I am today for always believing in me on and off the field,” he says. Medina also served as a freshman peer mentor for a special topics course and as a subject tutor for various political science and criminal justice courses. He says he will forever appreciate the lifelong friends he made at CUC, as well as the support of his family, whom he calls “my pillar during my undergraduate experience.”

Gerardo Medina