Class Of 2014
Transfer Goal: I hope to transfer to a four-year university (with a full-ride scholarship, I might add!) that is academically challenging, has a studious, but enjoyable environment, and will best prepare me for my career in the professional world. I know that Mesa has and continues to equip me with the skills I need for the next step, so whichever school I choose, I can rest assured that I will be ready for whatever lies ahead.
How are you involved at Mesa College? In addition to being a full-time student, I serve as President of the Associated Students (AS) here on campus. I was a Senator in the AS last year, a position that allowed me to represent the students' voice on different committees.
How long have you attended Mesa College? This is my third semester at Mesa. I am very happy here in this challenging environment, which keeps me coming back.
Why did you choose Mesa College? Two of my close family members chose Mesa College. They would often come back home and talk about unique people that they had met or fun classes that they had that day. They would speak very highly of Mesa's quality academics and the warm community on campus. That is still very true today.
What have you enjoyed most about your Mesa College experience? When so many good memories come to mind, it makes it difficult to pinpoint a single experience. I have fun interacting with students and teachers from all walks of life. The diversity on campus, wide array of clubs and organizations (i.e. AS, Puente, Honors Club, BSU) and opportunities to express yourself in the way you so choose make it easy to not only find your niche, but also expand and further establish interests. Being an active member in the community and getting involved makes your time here much more valuable.
How is Mesa College preparing you to achieve your academic goals? It was here that I fell in love with accounting. I took Financial Accounting with Ms. Tuttle and was impressed from Day 1. She showed us just how relevant it is in our lives and that it is the language of business. I have also been blessed with terrific teachers for every class. All of my professors have played an instrumental role in leading me to where I am today. Here at Mesa, you can get the tools and support you need to thrive in the next step of your life.
What resources/services have supported you through your Mesa College experience? I have received a lot of support from several different people on campus. Like I mentioned before, all of my teachers have been extremely helpful and demonstrated that they genuinely care about students. Financial Aid is another helpful resource that provides students with the help they need to carry out their dreams of graduating from a four-year university. Student Affairs and the administrative staff have done wonders in terms of helping me feel welcome into my new role and in guiding me in the right direction.
I would also very much like to thank the Mesa College Foundation and support their mission to help deserving students receive scholarships. The counseling department has done a great job in keeping students on the right track, especially Guillermo Marrujo in my case. Joel Perez and Ronn Edmundson have taught me a lot and assisted me in making my writing and critical thinking skills what they are today. I am sure that is also true for a great deal of other students. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) and its staff have played a huge role in my time here at Mesa by providing students with the necessary resources to excel and whose hospitality warms your heart. I'd like to continue naming all of the resources and services that have supported me thus far, but I'll be brief and thank all those who I haven't named here but have also helped me.
How would you describe student life at Mesa College? Student life encompasses a wide array of different, individual situations. On campus, we have veterans, parents, international students, individuals coming back to school, and several others in addition to students who have recently graduated from high school. Everyone is here for a reason, and it's great that you can engage in a conversation with someone so different from yourself.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? I see myself working at a Big 4 firm on accounts that have an international focus. I love to travel and have a knack for languages, so it would be an enriching experience to do both as part of my job.
How have you chosen to give back to your college community? I decided to run for President of the AS in Spring 2012 and was fortunate enough to be elected. Now, I plan to serve the students of Mesa and represent them at the District-wide level as best I can. I am joining forces with other enthusiastic students to make this the best year possible. You can help contribute as well! Join us at AS.
What excites you most about serving as the 2012-13 Associated Students President, and what do you hope to accomplish this year? I love working with others, so it will be great to collaborate with the other motivated members of the council to serve the students and Mesa community through various projects and fun activities. As of right now, growth is my number one priority, as I hope to expand the Associated Students with interested people that want to get involved and have a great time making a difference on campus.
What advice do you have for current and prospective Mesa College students? Take advantage of all of the resources available to you. There is something for everyone on campus. You might not see it right away, but a little research can go a long way. It is very rewarding to be involved in the Mesa community because you get to connect with interesting people with similar objectives that you might not have met otherwise. If you have the opportunity to get involved with the Mesa community, you will find that it is extremely rewarding and enriching.