What has been your favorite class or school assignment?
My favorite class was communications because it gave me some very valuable tools. For example: listening to people to understand what is being said, then processing the information. In this class, I learned to be patient and understanding in order to become an effective mediator. My communication skills are a lot more productive and my conversations are more meaningful. Relationships with family members have grown, as well as my confidence level.
What piece of work are you most proud of, and why?
I’m most proud of my Sociology final paper because it was one of my toughest projects. I had my doubts that I would complete the project but encouragement from my teacher, Jane Yamashiro, gave me the confidence I needed to finish. I had to follow directions and truly understand that this was a difficult project that demanded time and energy. Once finished, I proudly handed the finished project to my teacher. Her response was “This is exactly how I wanted it.”
If you could share one piece of advice with incoming students, what would it be?
The advice I would share with incoming students is: learn to have time-management skills and be patient. Time management is necessary in order to read, study, work, and have time for self. You have to be patient because learning is a process that at times is difficult, and everybody don’t learn at the same pace. Also, enjoy the journey and be willing to let go of negative perceptions and be open to different world views. Most importantly, talk to a coordinator to set up a plan that guides you on the path to an AA Degree.
Beyond completing your AA Degree, what goals have you set for yourself?
I plan on pursuing a Bachelors and going as far as I can with my education. I want to get a lot stronger in math so I can get involved in computer coding. Through education, I’m able to set attainable goals where before I couldn’t. I want to transfer my credits to a University and take classes that will help me on my way to achieving gainful employment and living a quality life. My ultimate goal is to attain freedom and be an example to my family and community by being positive and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained.
What has been the most challenging part of being a college student?
The most challenging part was getting started and understanding that I‘ve lost a lot of what I used to know about basic education. I was discouraged and frustrated a lot! I dropped classes because I didn’t like certain people in the class. I had to find a place to work where I was comfortable. Then there’s math! By far, math gave me the biggest headache. My mind just doesn’t retain information like it used to. This created difficulty during quizzes and exams. Making the transition back to school and being around other students was very awkward. I had to push myself every semester because it was easier to do nothing than to go to school.
Tell us about an instructor or tutor who has been especially influential in your experience as a student. How has s/he impacted you?
I can’t give credit to just one teacher because I’ve been influenced by many teachers and in many different ways. The positive energy that these teachers brought has allowed me to view people differently.