My Letter to You

Dear wonderful browser of the web,


Your presence means so much to me. If you're reading this, you must be wondering more about who I am and why any of this even matters. Well, let me share my story with you.

Most people call me Mara and M.J. was just a family nickname. However, the more I reflected on my life, the more I realized how significant my middle name was. Jhozel is my middle name and it is a combination of my parent's names, John & Rizel. It has become an important aspect of my identity and is the epitome of my core values which I have developed through my experiences, my childhood, and my family.

I was a first-generation college student which came with its own set of challenges. I grew up watching my parents working so hard to make a better life for me, my little sister, and supporting our family. We are a large family both by blood-relation, but also by those who have become family over the years. This taught me not only about hard work, but also about how important relationships are and how fulfilling it is helping others along the way. I believe that the relationships we create and those we allow to become a part of our family provide for greater support, offer new perspectives, and help cultivate ideas.

For a long time, I was afraid of speaking up and branching out. Then on the eve of high school registration, the family I developed through school encouraged me to take a digital and web design course. I became excited to talk about my projects and I was passionate about learning more. That is how I found my voice. I've also gained a greater understanding and appreciation for creative technology. The digital online community is constantly growing and keeping people connected--keeping me connected with my family.

I am an advocate for meaningful connections, lifelong learning, and new experiences. When I started working full-time for the university, I had to face new challenges especially with time management. I was having to juggle school and work while still trying to find time for my other hobbies and spending time with friends and family. In the end though, I welcomed the challenge and look forward to my next great adventure now that I've graduated.

I hope you have, or had, a great experience looking around. If not, please let me know and I'd happily accept any and all constructive criticism. I'm always looking for new things to learn and new ways to improve. Your opinion matters to me.


Mara Jhozel

It's pronounced [ mah-ruh ] [ joe-zel ]
& I like to make things happen.
Take a look at my resume!

I’m a short, sweet, and extremely dedicated individual. I graduated from Washington State University in May 2016 with my BA degree in Digital Technology and Culture with a focus in Media Authoring. My strengths are in web design and development, but I enjoy the creative and technical process of other media forms. You can probably find me at a coffee shop, at the movies, or behind a computer screen.

Also, I wrote you a letter, so check it out if you have the time. Happy browsing!


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Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. I'm always happy to chat. - M.J.