Name: Aubrey Blackwell
Major/Certificate: Speech Communication
Class Of: 2011
What are your plans for the upcoming academic year? Work on completing my B.A. at SDSU
Why did you choose Mesa College? I needed a change of pace from another community college where I struggled to find a peer group that was academically supportive. Being a smoke-free campus was also a huge plus for me, someone with asthma.
How long have you attended Mesa College? From 2006-2010
How are you involved at Mesa College? I competed with the Speech and Debate team during my last semester and enjoyed participating in on-campus activities like the Tents of Tolerance, as well as patronizing the pottery booths that sold student artwork.
What have you enjoyed most about your Mesa College experience? The best part of my Mesa experience has been befriending the teachers. Two specifically, I keep close to my heart. They were there for me when I needed them the most, even if they don't know it.
How is Mesa College preparing you to achieve your academic goals? I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn to be a good student with small class sizes. Being at a bigger university now, I can see where it would be easy to get lost in the 100 and 200 level classes. I have had to practice accountability and have had the chance to practice academic skills that will carry me through to higher education.
What was your favorite class? Argumentation was definitely the most fun. It is really empowering to learn the nuance of parliamentary debate, use the skills and win! Creative Nonfiction was a close second.
What resources/services have supported you through your Mesa College experience? I was very thankful to have been able to receive the BOG-W while attending Mesa. It took a huge amount of financial stress from me and allowed me to focus on school without worrying.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Teaching at a very progressive thinking school in northern California, but I am open to any opportunity coming my way that fulfills me and utilizes the education I'm working on.
What advice do you have for perspective Mesa College students? APPRECIATE IT NOW! Unless you go on to a small college, even first and second semester classes can be large as a transfer student. Mesa's small class sizes are a great way to learn to navigate the world of academia, give you access to faculty and provide a network of peers. Even if you aren't transferring, know that you are absolutely getting one of the very best educations at a top notch college.
What is your fondest memory about serving as Mesa's 2011 Student Commencement Speaker? When I finished speaking and looked to my right to Professor Gerhardt and Professor Farnan (two of my favorite professors at Mesa) I realized the faculty was giving me a standing ovation. After years of being unsure, down on myself and struggling, I realized I had just done something that touched other people. It made me feel like my voice was worth hearing.