Marilina Matta

Name: Marilina Matta
Hometown: Ponce, PR
Alma Mater: The Catholic University of America (’89), Catolica de Puerto Rico, JD (‘96)
Years in Admission: 7

What makes Catholic University different than other colleges and universities?
Students get to enjoy campus life in a residential campus, yet it's a short three-stop metro ride to the United States Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress. Students get to live in such an amazing city!

What is your favorite location on campus?
I love the Crough Center for Architectural Studies where students' projects are always on display. The building used to be a gymnasium, and I actually played intramural volleyball there many times.

What is your most memorable moment on campus?
By far, when Pope Francis came in 2015. Some of my college friends, including my college roommate, were here. We spent the whole afternoon together and finished with dinner in one of the new restaurants in Brookland.

Where is your favorite place to dine in D.C.?
You can never go wrong with the Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005). My favorite place to go during my college years was The Tune Inn (331 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003) at Capitol Hill, where I still go from time to time.