Insights: Marvin A., Secretary

Marvin has been a part of ALPFA for several months now and he brings his ambition and humor to every meeting. This week, we wanted to chat with him about his majors and practical steps he is taking to build a foundation in his career.

R: What are you majoring in?

Marvin: My majors as of right now is Supply and Logistics Management and Marketing.

R: Why did you choose those?

Marvin: I chose Supply and Logistics Management as my major because I find it very interesting how companies transport products and deal with global problems through complex supply and logistics networks. I feel like this field will bring me closer to aviation, which is one of my passions in life, but also traveling the world, which has been one of my life goals. Marketing suits my Supply and Logistics degree as both aspects of business are always working together.

R: How are you practicing success in the Supply and Logistics field today?

Marvin: I am practicing success in this field through the opportunities I have been able to obtain such as my Costco internship. This internship allowed me to get a first hand look on how Costco’s operations run but it also focused on how Costco deals with their supply and logistics. ALPFA has given me connections and insight on individuals who have worked in similar fields. For example, ALPFA events have molded my resume into a competitive representation of myself.

Thanks for the insight, Marvin!


Marvin is a sophomore at Portland State University, studying Supply and Logistics, as well as Marketing, in the School of Business Administration. In his free time, he likes to watch or play soccer, learn about other cultures through documentaries, or paint.


Insights: Alma M., President

Recently, we sat down with Alma Menchanca, President of ALPFA Portland State, and asked her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:

R: What’s your favorite quote?

Alma: “To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”

R: Why is this your favorite?

Alma: This quote has inspired me throughout my educational and professional journey of life.  There are a lot of people that will always put you down when you tell them about your goals and aspirations in life.  Here is where ignorance and confidence have played a role. I have learned to ignore those that tell me that I can’t do something, and I’ve also had the confidence to continue on with my goals and prove them wrong.  Also, having a lot of confidence in my skill set and what I have to offer to a company is what really has allowed me to set myself apart from others and build relationships with businesspeople.  I definitely look to this quote and remind myself that I have big ideas and dreams and it’s my job to make it happen.

R: What other actions could our readers take to live out this quote?

Alma: Never give up and give each other the benefit of the doubt.  Get involved and show people your personality through your actions, whether it’s through volunteer work, leadership organizations, school, work, etc. It’s very cliché, but you can’t just talk yourself up, you really have to show people how you plan on executing and getting things done.  If you show people what you are capable of doing the confidence organically happens.

Thank you for the insight, Alma!

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Alma is a senior at Portland State University, studying accounting in the School of Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, snowboarding, and playing softball.