#HumansOfImpactHub Monica Nadal

By Ross Gormley

“I always used to let time get to me. I told myself I’d do this for this amount of time and then I’d do this and this. And now coming to Impact Hub, it’s such different roles and opportunities, I’ve started to not think so ahead in the future. I just enjoy the time that I’m in right now.”

Monica grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Studying at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, she was committed to studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And when she went to her school’s office with the paperwork all filled out, another student walked up to her and handed her a pamphlet for a program in Spain and said, “You have to apply to this school. You’re going to love this program.” Monica pressed the mystery student why, but she just responded, “Just do it” and walked away.

Maybe the student was a time-travelling fatalist, because “I ended up going to Spain,” Monica tells me, laughing. “It’s why I’m here in Minneapolis now.” Monica grew close with her group of friends while abroad and began dating a native Minnesotan. When it came time to graduate, having visited Minnesota in the summer, and wanting to be with her boyfriend, she moved to Minneapolis.

Monica, true to her word, inhabits the present moment at Impact Hub. She is articulate, calm, clear—an extremely effective communicator, both in person and online. She currently curates social media for both Impact Hub and Pollen Midwest. “Social media is always updating, every single day it’s new, because you need to adapt with how consumers are interacting with the content. It keeps me fascinated.”

She is earning a post-baccalaureate certificate in graphic design and web development from MCAD. In her words, “I want to learn my design style. I can adapt now, and find different styles. But I want to find what my characters look like. So when people see my work they’ll know it’s by me.” Of her approach to design, she says, “I’ve learned recently that it’s more about being observant and then applying your own way of learning and creating to what’s already in a space.”

Asked about her perfect Puerto Rican day, she tells me, “You open up your house, the air is blowing, and you can smell the saltiness coming off the ocean, the sand.” When I ask about the perfect Minnesotan day, it’s seventy-five degree, sunny; substitute in the lakes and it’s more or less the same.