Student Ambassadors

The DVC Student Ambassador program was created to help connect potential and current students to DVC campus resources. The Student Ambassador team works together under the direction of the Outreach/Relations with Schools Office to represent Diablo Valley College to prospective, new and returning students and their parents at events on campus and in the community. These student leaders help promote the many opportunities available at DVC by attending college nights at local high schools, leading campus tours, assisting with events, and making valuable connections with future and current students at Welcome Services. Maybe you have already seen Student Ambassadors on campus wearing their dark green polo shirts and friendly smiles!

For more information about the Student Ambassador program, contact Mercy Pono, at mpono@dvc.edu or 925-969-2115.

Schedule a tour with the Student Ambassadors! 

Anjali


Anjali

Anjali P. moved from Illinois in 2012 and graduated from California High School in 2014. She is currently completing her third year here at DVC and plans to transfer to a UC in order to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She aspires to open up her own business one day after working for a few years. During her free time she enjoys traveling to new places, reading, and of course, watching Netflix. Joining the DVC community has given her an opportunity to explore new leadership opportunities, develop friendships with people from different backgrounds, and has made her transition into a 4-year university smoother. She is honored to be a part of the student ambassador program, and is looking forward to helping new students feel more confident about their experience here.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I'm most proud of becoming a Student Ambassador for DVC! I have learned so much and got to help so many people!

2.       What is your advice to freshmen starting at DVC?
My advice to freshmen is to make use of the counseling services available at DVC. If you can, see a few different counselors to see who makes a good fit for you. See a counselor at least once a semester so that they can help you stay on track to meet your educational goal!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite place on campus is actually the library. It’s a fantastic place to study – it’s quiet and spacious, which is perfect for helping me to concentrate on my work!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I can see myself living outside of the United States, working in Project Management.

5.       What is on your bucket list?
Deep sea diving is on my bucket list! It looks like so much fun!

6.       What else should we know about you?
English is actually my second language – I learned English at the age of 5! My first language is actually Malayalam. “Malayalam” is actually a palindrome – it is the same forward as it is backwards!

Erika


Erika

Erika R. is a well-rounded young lady that values her education and the social events provided to her on campus. Graduating from Mount Diablo High School in 2015, Erika is entering her second year here at DVC. She is planning to transfer to a CSU in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and then moving on to achieve a teaching credential in Special Education. Erika is also a part of Puente, one of the learning communities here on campus.  Being a part of Puente has helped shape Erika into the aspiring leader that wishes to give back to her community as a teacher. Erika loves volunteering her time working with children with special needs, being a youth leader in her church, and spending time with friends and family. Erika is a firm believer that coming to DVC was one of the best decisions she has ever made. Attending DVC has allowed Erika to network with a wide variety of people, make some wonderful memories, and has allowed her to truly embrace the value of her education. As part of the Student Ambassador program, Erika aims to put her leadership skills into practice, and help support her fellow students.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am really proud to be part of Puente. Puente is one of the learning communities we have at DVC, and we take classes together. It helped me have a network of people to be around, and it helped me discover what I wanted to pursue as a major and as a career!

2.       What is your advice to freshmen starting at DVC? My advice to freshmen is that they should learn to ask for help. It might seem intimidating, but you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions! Get involved around campus, don’t let the college experience be a passive one for you!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? For me, it’s the PUMA center. PUMA is an acronym, standing for “Puente, Umoja, MESA and Achievement”, and it’s where the learning communities are based. In the PUMA center, I feel like part of a community. It’s a great place to study, with wonderful resources.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself being married, having a career, while also working towards attaining a PhD.

5.       What is on your bucket list?
There are a few places I want to go that are on my bucket list! In Europe, I would like to visit Ireland and Spain in particular. I love the architecture and the culture of Spain. Any country that advocates siestas, I am a fan of!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I love to dance! Dancing and smiling are my favorite things!

Hank


Hank

Hank S. moved from Taiwan to the United States in 2014, before coming to DVC. Hank is a biology major who plans on transferring to a UC. Aside from being a Student Ambassador, Hank also volunteers at John Muir hospital, hoping to pick up valuable skills that can help him in his pursuit of a career in health care. Hank loves the learning environment at DVC, and appreciates the friendly faculty and staff who have helped him along the way. He is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors, and he never misses a game!

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? My proudest moment was when I was selected to be a part of the Student Ambassador program!

2.       What is your advice to freshmen starting at DVC? My advice to freshmen would be to make sure you complete the steps to get priority registration! Doing so will give you the chance to register for your classes earlier than you otherwise would do, which can be really useful when trying to register for some classes.

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus?
I actually really enjoy hanging out in the cafeteria, I can study and eat food at the same time!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I hope to be a cardiovascular doctor.

5.       What is on your bucket list?
I would really love to travel more. Since coming to the United States, I have only spent time in the Bay Area – I would love to see more of the country! I also want to be able to travel and see the world outside of the US too.  I also really want to go skydiving!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I love basketball, and am a big Golden State Warriors fan! I enjoy baseball too, and I follow the Miami Marlins!

Jazlyn


Jazlyn

Jazlyn A. graduated from Armijo High School in 2013. In her first semester at DVC, she was introduced to the Puente Program, a program that focuses on the transfer process of underrepresented students, which allowed her to discover her true academic passion. She is a Biological Psychology major, and has high hopes of transferring into a four-year university where she will earn her BS, and prepare for medical school. Whether it’s spending time with family, watching the Golden State Warriors play, or studying for her next midterm, Jazlyn is able to balance her academics with her social life. As a DVC student, she absorbs all of what school has to offer by participating in clubs such as Alpha Gamma Sigma, as well as the MESA program.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? Despite all the struggles I have faced while attending DVC, I am proud that I have continued to excel in my classes. I am slowly but surely moving towards what I now know I am capable of achieving.

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice would be not to rush through your time at DVC. It doesn’t matter how long you spend here, as long as you get to your goal! Take the time to make sure you do things right, and give yourself the room to dedicate time to your studies.

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is actually on the third floor of the Physical Science building. It has an amazing view of the campus, and you can see further out into Pleasant Hill.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself still in school in ten years, trying to be a doctor specializing in pulmonology.

5.       What is on your bucket list? I really want to go to the Philippines to learn more about my background, and finally meet my mom’s side of the family!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I can be very picky with food, but at the same time I like trying new things. I listen to all kinds of music, even those in different languages.

Jackie


Jackie

Jackie H. graduated from Newbury Park High School in Conejo Valley, in June 2015. As a technical theatre major, she is incredibly grateful to be attending a school with such a renowned theatre program to pursue her passion. After moving up to the Bay Area from a small town near LA, Jackie is thankful that the students at DVC have been so kind and accepting of her. After completing her first year of college, Jackie is ready to take on the semesters that follow head on. Jackie enjoys being active, being part of the theatre program, and spending time with the friends she has made at DVC. Jackie firmly believes that coming to DVC was one of the smartest decisions she has made so far.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am a technical theater major, so for me, I am most proud of being hired as the stage manager for DVC’s production of The Laramie Project! It’s an amazing opportunity, and one I am thrilled to have!

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice would be to talk to your professors! Make sure you email them with your questions, and make the most of their office hours so that you have a clear understanding of your classes.

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? So there is a big hill with a long set of stairs on campus, known as “cardiac hill”. Some of the science buildings are up there, but there is also a small pond! It’s kind of hidden because it is hard to get to, so there is usually nobody there. It’s very peaceful.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to be working in theatre! It’s what I love to do!

5.       What is on your bucket list? I think it would have to be skydiving. It looks like a ton of fun, and I am excited to try it!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I am a huge geek! I love Pokémon and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Jonathan


Jonathan

Jonathan W. is a first year veteran student who graduated from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana in 2009. Originally from the Bay Area, Jon served across the world in the Navy after high school, gaining perspective, and developing a deep appreciation for education. Now a college student, Jon appreciates DVC for its diversity and affordability, all while providing a quality foundation in order to transfer to a four year university. He wishes to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering, and is passionate about environmental conservation. He believes that education and awareness are the only ways to preserve the only planet we have. As a Student Ambassador, Jon is happy to help his fellow students achieve success in any way he can. Off campus, he enjoys going on hikes, running, and scuba diving.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am most proud of my transition from having lived and worked before college for several years, to finding success here in my first year at DVC.

2.       What’s your advice for freshman starting at DVC? You don't need to know what to major in at first, but that doesn't mean don't take the general requirements seriously. It will save you time and money, but you will also get more out of your experience if you fully own your education. Realize that this is not High School. College is the first step into the adult world, and what you do matters for yourself and for those around you, so make it count. Your future self will thank you for it.  

3.       What’s your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus varies, and that's a testament to everything DVC offers. Some days it's in chemistry lab lighting my Bunsen burner, to jamming out to music while doing my math homework in the math lab on other days. It just depends. If I'm exhausted from a late night of studying then it can also be sleeping in my car in lot 8!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? That's a difficult question for me to answer. I know that my passion rests in creating a better world than the one I came in to by pushing the threshold of our scientific knowledge. In ten years I see myself working towards that goal in the field of chemistry, physics or mathematics. For me, concrete goals that far in advance can often be made just for the sake of making them, and so much opportunity can be missed in between, so I'm trying to keep an open mind.  

5.       What’s on your bucket list? There are so many things on my bucket list! A few highlights would be to finish this book I'm working on, summit Mt. Denali in Alaska, learn Clair de Lune on the piano, and finally destroy my brother on Civilization VI. Not sure if I'm just kidding myself about the last one.

6.       What else should we know about you?
My favorite Power Ranger is the Yellow Ranger. My favorite show is a toss-up between Game of Thrones and Rick and Morty. I have once driven a Nuclear Reactor. I know more Disney songs than most adolescents. I'm a strong proponent of protecting the natural world; we only have one planet Earth.  

Jorge


Jorge

Jorge S. graduated from Concord High in 2016 and is in his second semester at DVC. Jorge has always been drawn to the performing arts since a young age. From performing in plays during middle school, to participating in over 10 different music ensembles in high school, his passion for performance has continued to grow. During his first semester at DVC, Jorge served as an Assistant Sound Technician for the DVC Drama production of Hairspray, and the experience helped Jorge decide the career he wishes to pursue. Jorge has plans to transfer to a four-year university in the future, but in the meantime you can find him around campus, always with a smile on his face. If you see him around, say hi!

1.      What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I’m proud of my choice to make Diablo Valley College my college, because it offers a high quality educational experience in a local area for an affordable price. I’m taking really interesting classes, with engaging teachers who offer me a lot of individual attention. I have also had the opportunity to work with our theater department as a sound tech assistant, and I was able to do that because I could set my own schedule!

2.      What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice would be to familiarize yourself with the DVC website, and learn how to navigate through the InSite Portal! This can be really helpful down the line, when you need to do things such as find your class schedule, or find out what your registration date is!

3.      What is your favorite spot on campus? It would have to be the cafeteria. They have really tasty food for a very good price. It’s also a good place to meet up with friends if you need to work on an assignment, or you just want to hang out!

4.      Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I can see myself playing percussion, or working in the field of sound engineering. Music has been a huge influence on my life, and I would love to make a career out of it!   

5.      What is on your bucket list? I have a few things! I really want to travel – not only through the US, but all over the world! One of the coolest things I have seen is a place known as “Four Corners” where you can have your hands and legs in different states at the same time! I also really want to pursue a career in music, and to leave my mark in some way at DVC.

6.      What else should we know about you?
There’s a lot of things people should know about me! My dad was born in El Salvador, and my mom was born in Venezuela, and I really wish to visit those countries someday. I was born in San Francisco, but my family moved to Concord when I was four years old. I have been studying martial arts since the age of six, and during high school I was in over 10 different music ensembles! I really enjoy playing music, as well as sound production and acting. I also like hanging out with my friends, going to the movies, and working as a Student Ambassador!

Kristine


Kristine

Kristine H. graduated from Dougherty Valley High School in June 2015, and aims to use her time at Diablo Valley College to work on transferring to a four-year university. Kristine is thrilled to be a part of the Student Ambassador program, and the opportunities it will provide - not only in the development of her own skills, but the chance to interact with people from all walks of life. Kristine has several hobbies, including origami and crochet. If you want to learn how to make some beautiful origami, Kristine is happy to help!

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I’m really proud of being open to learning from people of all different backgrounds while attending DVC. It has really opened my eyes to different perspectives and experiences.

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice to freshmen would be to not worry so much if they have no idea what they intend to do as a major! You can still meet general educational requirements, and DVC has resources available to help you discover and decide upon a major. Definitely see a counselor! Maybe start with a subject you enjoyed, and take it from there!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? The San Ramon campus has several great spots. My favorites are the places I like to go to study, and do my homework! The Math and Science labs as well as the Learning Commons are perfect for this!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I hope to see myself in a job that I love. Ideally, I will be able to help other people, travel the world and explore new and exciting places.

5.       What is on your bucket list? Top three of my bucket list are skydiving, traveling, and scuba diving! There’s a lot more, but those are the three that mean the most to me!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I love watching anime and reading manga!

Matthew


Matthew

Matthew M. graduated from College Park High School in June 2014. He was born in Los Angeles, and has moved around the entire country before settling in the Bay Area. His goal in life is to receive both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in photography, and to then share his passion by teaching others.Currently, Matthew is going on his third year here at DVC, and he is looking to transfer to either Sacramento State, Long Beach State, or San Jose State to major in Photography. Adjusting to his first semester was a challenge for Matthew, but he pulled through and continues to do his very best, with a little help from his beloved instructors, and coffee. Aside from photography, he loves to hike, travel, play sports and he enjoys bonfires.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am proud of the amount of students I have had the opportunity to help. It’s really important to me to be able to give back to other students here in the same way others have helped me, and I’m really proud to be able to do that!

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice would be to not come into college expecting it to be the same as High School. College is less about repeating information and more about learning to think critically. College will teach you how to do that, and help you grow as a person. You just have to make sure you are open to it!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? I love spending time at the lake. Not only is it scenic and full of wildlife, but lots of other students spend time there too. You can end up in some really interesting conversations with other students, and learn more about their reasons for being at DVC.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to be living outside the United States, maybe somewhere in Europe or in Africa. I really want to share my passion for photography with others, through teaching it!

5.       What is on your bucket list? I recently visited a cathedral in San Francisco, and I fell in love with the architecture! I really want to visit Italy and see all the beautiful cathedrals they have there. Some of them look breathtaking - I can’t imagine how amazing they would be to see in person!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I love photography, but I am also pretty spontaneous. Sometimes I will have an idea for some pictures I want to take, and that can take me to some strange places – I have been in several abandoned buildings. They may be creepy, but the pictures come out great!

Noor


Noor

Noor K. moved from Illinois to California in 2012, before graduating from California High School in 2015. Noor is entering her second year at Diablo Valley College, and intends to transfer to a University of California to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Noor is excited to work with other students, helping them succeed and making their community college experience a positive and memorable one. In her spare time, Noor works with children and adults with disabilities, volunteers at a hospital, and participates in Bollywood dance.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am proud of meeting a lot of new people while being at DVC. It’s great hearing all of these unique stories, and all of the different reasons people attend DVC.

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice to freshmen is to get involved wherever you can! The earlier you start to get involved, the more you can learn. It is also a great experience, and has the added bonus of bolstering your resume and applications to four-year universities!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on the San Ramon campus is the water fountain.  It was finally turned back on and is the prettiest place on campus.  There are benches nearby the fountain and it's a great place to sit and socialize.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I can see myself in a career where I would be helping others. I like to give back, and I feel like a career where I would be able to organize activities to benefit others would really suit me.

5.       What is on your bucket list? When I was young, I traveled to Singapore and Thailand. It was a long time ago, so I can only really remember a few things, such as Phi Phi Island, and the New Year’s Parade. I would love to go back there and experience it anew!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I love baking and cake decorating. It’s my favorite thing to do in my spare time! I feel like it’s a very relaxing activity, and when you’re finished, there’s cake!

Pedro


Pedro

Pedro P. graduated from Las Lomas High in June of 2015, and has decided to pursue a career in medicine. Pedro’s desire is to help children live their lives to the fullest, and it is this desire that has led him to DVC. DVC has introduced Pedro to mentors that have helped him achieve his educational goals, and he is very thankful for all the support he has received here. He feels that this has resulted in his decision to attend DVC one of the best choices he has made. Pedro is majoring in Biology, and wishes to transfer to a four-year university. He wishes to use his Biology major to focus on hematology and oncology, two areas he would like to make his specialty. For Pedro, the best part of being a Student Ambassador is the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, and to help the college community. Pedro is also a part of the Latino Student Alliance, and volunteers for the Community Emergency Response Team in the city he lives in. Pedro loves eating out with his classmates, hiking Mt Diablo with his father, longboarding around town, and playing video games with his cousins.

1.        What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? During my time here at DVC, I have found that I am most proud of finishing Puente - a learning community here on campus - with a group of students that went on to become some of my greatest companions and supporters.

2.        What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? Definitely do not procrastinate! You will save yourself many headaches and late night coffee rampages if you do your homework days before it's due. I also highly recommend checking out the clubs on campus if you're looking to make friends and become more active on campus.

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? There’s a small bench behind the quad that overlooks the lake. It’s scenic and quiet. It’s the perfect spot to relax, study, read, and just hang out!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? If I'm not sailing the oceans of the Caribbean with Jack Sparrow at my side, you'll most likely find me at a medical school researching new methods of taking care of sick children in Pediatrics.

5.       What is on your bucket list? I actually really want to visit Pripyat and Chernobyl. I am a little fascinated with the place, it’s abandoned and really rather creepy! I have an interest in photography, so for me, it would be really cool to go in and take some pictures… especially of that carousel!

6.       What else should we know about you?
Something people might not know about me is that I love longboarding! One of my favorite things to do is go longboarding with my cousin when I have some time over the weekend.

Teresa


Teresa

Teresa L. graduated from the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco in May of 2015. Currently in her second year at DVC, she hopes to transfer to UC Santa Barbara to complete a bachelor’s degree. Teresa is an advocate for social justice in her San Francisco community, which led her to her major of Political Science. With this degree, she hopes to work either in the health sector, implementing health laws, at a hospital working on disease epidemic research, or at a nonprofit advocating for fundamental health rights. In her free time, she is committed to the social justice issues she is passionate about, such as LGBTQ rights, and equality.  Teresa also enjoys being outdoors, exploring, and playing baseball or softball. Teresa is a great fit as a Student Ambassador as she loves giving back to her fellow students and helping others along their path.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am proud of maintaining a good relationship with my professors, even though I may not have some of them for classes anymore. They are really supportive and have made me aware of some great opportunities!

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice would be to make sure there is balance in your school life. Your education is obviously important, but it is also important to belong to a community while attending school. Really consider getting involved on campus in some way – maybe check out a club or think about volunteering!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? I have two favorite places! I love the library as it is quiet and allows me to really focus. The second is the Culinary Arts section of the cafeteria. I love food! There is a different menu there each day, and it’s all delicious!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to be working in Congress, or for the government in some form. I would love to work in the public health sector!

5.       What is on your bucket list? Seeing the Seven Wonders of the World is definitely on my bucket list! The ancient Wonders are no longer around, but it is fascinating to think about how ancient civilizations were so innovative with the resources and technology available to them. The modern Seven Wonders are still very impressive, and a great reason to travel!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I’m originally from San Francisco! I am also very friendly and approachable, so if you see me around, please say hi!

Suri


Suri

Suryah A. is from the small town of Brentwood, CA, and recently graduated high school from the class of 2016. Suryah has been a longtime concurrently enrolled student at DVC, before making the transition over to become a full time college student. Her plan is to obtain an associate’s degree in political science and graduate from DVC within a year. Suryah thoroughly enjoys spending time on her debate and public speaking team, as it has allowed for her to branch out and make connections with others that she otherwise would not have known. Suryah loves the welcoming atmosphere of Diablo Valley College and will aim to replicate it wherever she goes.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? I am proud of the friendships I have gained from simply attending clubs such as Model United Nations and Toastmasters International. Both of these extracurricular activities have taught me a lot. I have learned how to cooperate with other people, and have gained the strength to also compete with others. They’ve made me a more balanced person!

2.       What’s your advice for freshman starting at DVC? My advice for freshmen, first and foremost, is to be not be scared of the size of the campus! You will be comfortable here before you know it. The campus is very welcoming - both the students and the faculty will welcome you with open arms, regardless of your background.

3.       What’s your favorite spot on campus? I really can’t pick a single spot, but I do love seeing trees, shrubs, the pond, and the ducks.  Any grassy spot on campus that I can see all of those things is perfect for me. It feels so inviting to sit, relax and take in nature in so many spots on campus.

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I see myself either at law school after having completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, or studying abroad to complete a master’s degree. If I am not pursuing further education, I would love to be working for a humanitarian organization!

5.       What’s on your bucket list? Seeing the Aurora Borealis is definitely on my bucket list! It is so fascinating to me, these lights in the night sky. Nothing looks as spectacular, in pictures or in videos, and there is certainly nothing man-made that can surpass its natural beauty!

6.       What else should we know about you?
I am a bit of a paradox! I am quite playful as a person, but I am also very serious and driven.

Meredith


Meredith

Meredith M. moved from a small town in Maryland to California in 2016 to attend Diablo Valley College, after spending a gap year abroad in China. She is currently majoring in Economics and plans to transfer to UC Berkeley to get her Bachelor’s degree. She has a passion for economics and hopes to help make sensible and helpful economic policies for the country in the future. Meredith chose Diablo Valley College because of its amazing transfer opportunities, experienced professors, and helpful faculty. She’s excited to be a student ambassador and to have the opportunity to give back to Diablo Valley College’s friendly and diverse student community. If Meredith is not in class or at work, she is probably eating pastries, watching documentaries or Chinese dramas, or practicing for the debate team.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC? During my time at DVC, I am most proud of my accomplishments with the DVC debate team. We have competed in multiple tournaments this semester, and our small debate team has repeatedly placed first—and sometimes placed first, second, and third – among a pool of over a dozen other California colleges. I’m proud of this because we always win not through relying on some tricky strategy, but through straightforward and logical arguments. We debate in a way that develops skills that can be applied in all aspects of our lives, such as when negotiating with friends and peers, making decisions, and trying to persuade others.

2.       What’s your advice for freshman starting at DVC? My advice for a freshman starting at DVC is to try lots of things and get involved with the DVC community. DVC offers many unique clubs and classes on diverse subjects, so you should take advantage of this to explore your interests and passions! At DVC, I’ve rediscovered my passion for music and discovered my new passion of debate by exploring the different clubs and classes at DVC. Not only does finding your interests and passions contribute to your happiness, but it’ll help you deal with the stress of classes, develop unique skills, and help you make friends and find a sense of community at DVC. If you want to thrive at DVC and in life, you have to jump in the water, get involved, and explore!

3.       What’s your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the Music Building’s practice rooms. Every room has its own piano and stand for you to practice freely for however long you’d like. Oftentimes, I’ll come in early and spend an hour or so before class practicing, and it’s an incredible stress reliever. When I’m the only one at the practice rooms, it’s the most serene and peaceful place on campus. When it’s busy in the practice rooms, I get to hear the amazing musical talent of the students of the DVC music program. Either way, it’s a great place to chill and get some practice in, especially if you’re involved with music!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years, I see myself doing economic research for an economic institution. Ideally, I’ll be able to find a job in Beijing, China, because Beijing is an amazing city. You can see the stark differences between the very rich and the very poor, western culture and eastern culture, and traditionalism and modernism in Beijing.

5.       What’s on your bucket list?
A few things immediately come to mind:
·         Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maryland to Maine
This is on my bucket list because I think it’s really important to remove yourself from your normal activities and connect to nature. Hiking the Appalachian train would not only be a refreshing excursion in nature, but also, a challenging test of endurance and willpower.
·         Visiting Iceland
Iceland is amazingly beautiful, and my dream home has to be an Icelandic cottage with grass growing on the roof. You may find that oddly specific, but google it and you’ll understand!
·         Seeing the aurora borealis in person
This has been a dream of mine for some time. I’m somewhat obsessed with the aurora borealis, and when I’m stressed, I will sometimes put on a 2 hour film that is nothing but high-quality footage of the aurora borealis. It would be a dream come true to see it in person. It’s beautiful and relaxing!
·         Going camping in Patagonia
Patagonia is amazingly beautiful. It would be the perfect place to take in nature and enjoy some terrific scenery!
·         Learning Russian
I believe that Russia is an ever-growing power internationally, and Russian will become an important language for diplomacy, international business, and cultural awareness in the near-future.

6.       What else should we know about you?
I play the viola and can speak Chinese. If you’re ever looking to jam with a violist, I’m your person. Also, if you’re ever looking to speak Mandarin Chinese and would like to enjoy some really bad grammar, then look no further! 

Nola


Nola

Nola C. graduated in 2016 from Saint Mary’s Academy in Los Angeles, California. In her first semester at DVC she joined the learning community Umoja, which helps African American students succeed in school. Her major is Psychology, and she plans on transferring to Howard University to earn her B.S., before moving on to earn a PhD. in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring her new home of the Bay Area.

1.       What are you most proud of during your time at DVC?
I am proud of the connections that I have made with different students here at DVC. It’s been a learning experience of its own, getting to know people from so many different backgrounds.

2.       What is your advice for freshmen starting at DVC? My advice for freshmen is to really be on top of your time management. Professors do not always hand out reminders about assignments like a teacher would in high school, so it is up to you to be on top of your workload! It’s not a bad thing though, it really helps you to keep organized, which is invaluable as a life skill!

3.       What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the PUMA Center. PUMA is an acronym standing for Puente, Umoja, Mesa and Achievement. These are some of the different learning communities we have here at DVC, and they are a great way to meet people with shared interests, backgrounds and concerns to take classes together. All of the learning communities come into the PUMA Center to study and hang out, it’s a great place!

4.       Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years I can see myself practicing Marriage and Family Therapy for someone like Kaiser Permanente. I feel like I could really help a lot of people that way!

5.       What is on your bucket list? One of the biggest things on my bucket list is that I want to travel somewhere out of the United States! I would love to visit Paris or spend some time in Italy. Both are beautiful, and would make for such an amazing journey!

6.       What else should we know about you? I am a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. They’re both really interesting shows!