I started my college education at MJC in 2013. Throughout High School I lacked motivation and didn’t do well academically, so my next two years were completely focused on rebuilding my education. At MJC I tested into elementary algebra and a basic English class and after doing well my first semester I decided that I belonged in STEM and wanted to focus on Chemistry at a University. This seemed very unlikely to happen in the time-frame I wanted, but I mapped out my journey with staff to visualize a plan that had no room for error. Within two years I was able to focus on my general education, rebuild my math skills, and begin general chemistry courses. Although a lot of my lower level classes I tested into didn’t count for transfer, I was able to barely scrape together enough units to apply for transfer. I was devastated to find rejections by every school because I was unknowingly missing 5 units, but I spent my summer taking classes so I could appeal my rejects. I reapplied and was accepted for transfer at UCSB in 2015 as a Chemistry Major. I will always look back at those two years and appreciate how MJC’s educational structure made my goal possible. I spent the next two years completely focused on STEM and decided to stray from my career goal of becoming a pharmacist and just focus on my major of Chemistry. I was able to graduate in 2017 with my Bachelor’s Degree by the end of the summer making my whole college journey only four years. Following my graduation, I now live in Ventura and work as a quality control lab assistant and hope to end up finding my way into the Environmental Chemistry field.
I started at MJC as a 29 year old mother of three. I was not sure what I wanted my major to be and chose to begin my college career as a psych major. I tested into Math 70 which was an Elementary Algebra Course. I did fairly well in that course and followed it up with Intermediate Algebra and then College Algebra. It was at this time, than an instructor by the name of Brian Sanders asked me if I had ever considered math as a major. The answer was definitely no, but I did decide to continue to take another math course, Precalculus during which I did, in fact, change my major to math. I continued to CSU, Stanislaus where I earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and shortly thereafter began teaching high school math as an interen while also working on my teaching credential. I worked several years as a high school math teacher and then was able to attain a job in my district as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Secondary Mathematics, where I have been fortunate to work with all levels of mathematics teacher teams from 7th grade through Calculus. Last year, I earned my Masters degree in Mathematics Education for Secondary Teachers from Fresno Pacific University and started a new Job as a Mathematics Adjunct Instructor at West Hills College in Lemoore, while I concurrenlty also stil work as a full time TOSA for Visalia Unified School District.