Andrew reflects on how his journey was not always smooth sailing, but how it was necessary in transforming him into the person he is today.
June 12, 2017
Communication Studies major Brittani Kaigler from San Diego Mesa College will be transferring to Temple University for the Fall 2017 semester to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree after graduating with her Associates Degree last month.
“I am excited for new beginnings, and I am the first person in my family to ever go to college out of all of my siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, so I am very happy to hopefully end the cycle of not going to college,” Kaigler said.
Born and raised in San Diego, she chose Mesa originally to study Fashion before changing her major to Communication Studies. Kaigler decided to transfer to Temple to be closer to her father on the east coast and to experience a new region of the country.
“Surprisingly, I am a very shy person, but I am the kind of person where I like to put myself out of their comfort zone because I feel like when I do that, I tend to even surprise myself and do very well,” Kaigler said. “I think that you grow a lot when you push yourself and put yourself outside of your comfort zone.”
In addition to walking in the Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony on May 20, she also participated in the Rites of Passage Ceremony on May 17 for African American students.
“As a woman of color, and getting to this milestone when I honestly never thought that I could do it, the Rites of Passage Ceremony represents celebrating a large accomplishment for me and others,” Kaigler said. “I am setting an example for my family and other students who might feel like me one day, and it’s good to celebrate that for yourself.”
Kaigler has a GPA of 3.4 and received a scholarship from Temple for $1,500 per semester. She said that attending Mesa has helped her both as a student as well as holistically since she worked as a Student Ambassador.
“I think that I definitely have been pushed, in a good way, both personally and academically – and since I work here at Mesa I have also been pushed professionally,” Kaigler said. “I feel like when I first came here, I didn’t really know what I was doing, but as I moved along, just getting to know my professors has really made me an excellent student. While working here, Outreach staff members Genevieve Esguerra and Karla Trutna encouraged me as well.”
Outreach Student Ambassadors represent the school by promoting Mesa College. Through the Outreach Program, the ambassadors work as peer mentors for high school students and community members to teach them about financial aid options, higher education and more.
For more information about the Student Ambassador program at San Diego Mesa College call (619) 388-2230.
Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications