Vicente Rodriguez is a remarkable student who transferred to Sonoma State University from Mendocino College in the Fall of 2014 and completed a business administration degree with an emphasis in finance at Sonoma State University in Spring 2016. Ultimately, Vicente wants to utilize his education in finance to work as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service. Vicente has always been an academically committed student and enjoys challenging himself by doing his best work in all of his classes. Though he was raised in a home with parents who possess a limited education, his ability to self-motivate and seek guidance from those committed to helping him, resulted in graduating with honors from high school and maintaining a 3.4 GPA in college. As the first in his family to attend college, Vicente has been a positive influence on his younger brothers, one of whom just completed his first year in college. While a student at Mendocino College, Vicente was awarded three competitive scholarships and was selected to complete an internship with the Bureau of Land Management. Most recently, Vicente was selected to receive a Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) scholarship for the 2015.16 school year and served as a mentor for the HSF National Leadership Conference in the Summer of 2015. Vicente thanks the College Assistance Migrant Program at Mendocino College and the Educational Opportunity Program at Sonoma State University for providing incredible support throughout his community college and University education. He has been accepted to the Master’s degree program in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University this Fall 2016.
Rosa Peredia is a very hardworking and focused individual who commits wholeheartedly to each endeavor she undertakes. She is a World Languages: Spanish for Native speakers major and plans a career in supporting those affected by the criminal justice system. During her time at Mendocino College, she pursued and secured an internship at the local courthouse allowing her the opportunity to understand her career choice in practice. Rosa is extremely intelligent and resourceful. She has been able to successfully navigate obstacles while making the most out of her coursework. After only two semesters in college, Rosa became eligible to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society; not an easy feat for a first generation college student. In addition, Rosa’s commitment to her family is a testament to her compassion and sense of loyalty. She is helping guide her younger sister through high school and setting a positive example. First generation college students often need to provide financial support for their families, despite their full time status in college. Rosa does this without complaint or hesitation. Today, Rosa is a student mentor, helping other CAMP students successfully navigate their first year of college. It is this work ethic that lead to her acceptance at three universities for transfer; she will be attending CSU Bernardino in the Fall of 2016.
Nayeli Castaneda was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico where she was raised by her grandparents while her mother was working in the United States. At the age of ten Nayeli was reunited with her mom when they then moved to San Rafael. She graduated in 2011 from Terra Linda High School. Nayeli was eighteen when she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Shania.
Nayeli was a single mother living in the Bay Area, with expensive living costs. She was a part-time student and found it difficult to raise her daughter and still go to college. Soon, Nayeli decided it was time for her to move to a smaller more affordable area. Nayeli knew she wanted to receive a great education, and began looking into new places to move. With some help from her counselor at Marin, she was introduced to Mendocino College. Before she made her decision to relocate to Ukiah, she took a summer class to get a feel for the college. It was a summer math class with Mike Padilla and Nayeli loved the experience she had. Nayeli was then connected to Alicia Mendoza a C.A.M.P counselor, who discussed the various programs the college offered. The decision was easy after this experience, Nayeli decided she was going to Mendocino College.
Nayeli started her journey by establishing a plan for her education. Nayeli’s big inspiration was her grandfather, as he was the first to introduce her to the medical field. Her grandfather serves as an Emergency Medical Technician in Mexico. Also during her junior year in high school Nayeli had a great opportunity to obtain her Medical Assistant Certificate and had an internship at Kaiser Permanente. Her final decision was to study in the field of science, with a focus on Allied Health. Nayeli is preparing to apply for the Nursing Program, and is currently taking all the prerequisites necessary to apply.
Nayeli has been a raising a child and working as a student worker to pay her way to acquire her degree. Nayeli was able to enroll her daughter in the Child Development Center on the Ukiah campus. This has been a great resource for Nayeli as she has been able to have her daughter so close to her while at school and at work. This program allowed Nayeli to be a full-time student while in pursuit of her degree, with reliable daycare.
Nayeli is grateful for all the support she has received from the faculty, staff and students in her last two years at Mendocino College. They have been very helpful in her success as a student. Having her daughter in “one of the best Child Development Center's” allowed her to be more comfortable knowing her daughter was only a quick walk away.
Being a new student and not knowing anyone, Nayeli took advantage of the 'Clubs Day' Mendocino has each fall semester, and joined a few clubs. As a member of various clubs, she familiarized herself with a lot of people that helped her become the student she is. Every summer the MESA Club, which Nayeli is a member, takes a trip to Point Arena to have a summer science campout. It was at this event that her club mates encouraged her to be part the student government. Being part the student senate has opened up so many doors for Nayeli in her educational career. She has had the opportunity to work alongside many professionals that have unique stories and have inspired her to keep achieving her dreams.
Nayeli sees Mendocino College more than just a community college. She sees it as a second home that has helped her grow as a person, expanded her horizons, and a great place that has connected her with amazing companions. During her years at Mendocino College she has met very influential people, from students who are now faculty and staff to administrators who have guided her through. She has truly been shown that “with persistence and perseverance there is no set limits to our potential as students.” Nayeli wants to thank all those who have helped her grow and succeed in achieving her goals.
Nayeli is now a path to graduate from Mendocino College and transfer to Sacramento State University where seh plans to get her Bachelor's of Science in Community Health Education, a concentration of their Health Science Program. Her hope is to then eventually apply for UC Davis's Masters of Health Services program and become a part of their Physician's Assistant Degree Program as she was able to take some of the program pre-requisites here at Mendocino College. Her goal is to one day lead a team of Health Care Professionals and serve underrepresented communities.
She leaves some advice for future students: "Expose yourself and do things you normally would not do, be involved in student life by joining a club, and take on roles that get you out of your normal routine and allow you to open up. Get to know the staff and faculty, they are truly dedicated to students and are here to support your success. Look into all the resources that are offered to the students and use them to your benefit. Most importantly, make sure that you make time for yourself and do the things you enjoy."