Meet Krystal Monroe

Meet Krystal Monroe
Name: Krystal Monroe

Major/Certificate: Liberal Arts/Teaching/Counseling

Class Of: 2013

Transfer Goal: Obtain Liberal Arts degree at Mesa in Education. Then, transfer to SDSU & obtain my Bachelor's degree in School Psychology minor in CSC-Counseling and Social Change.

How are you involved at Mesa College? Besides being a full time student I am in EOPS. I'm also a participant in a new teaching program offered through the YMCA called Urban Teaching Fellows (UTF).

How long have you attended Mesa College? This Spring (2012) marks my second semester at Mesa and so far so good.

Why did you choose Mesa College? I was recruited by the UTF's program and decided to take a big step, so I made the commitment to transfer colleges. Ultimately, I ended up shifting from majoring in the field of social work to teaching and counseling.

What have you enjoyed most about your Mesa College experience? Mainly all the support I get from UTF and the EOPS program. I enjoy being a learner because I will be teaching someday, and in fact I already am. I'm just excited to be a part of this learning community where I can lead and learn with others who are on the same exact path.

How is Mesa College preparing you to achieve your academic goals? By assisting me with the help and support that I need in and out of the classroom. I am given a broader selection of opportunities here and feel that I can get more actively involved while I'm on and off campus. I'm basically developing the skills I need to accelerate my future while I'm here and also after I leave.

What resources/services have supported you through your Mesa College experience? Of course, the tutoring offered through both programs helps me tremendously. Both have resources for financial aid, books and counseling support. Also, I love the Writing Center! There are some really great tutor's who've helped me revise my papers there. It's very encouraging to see that they truly care about my papers and notice my great writing potential.

How would you describe student life at Mesa College? Mesa has students of different cultures, so the campus has diversity. I noticed the clubs, creative arts programs and athletic clubs, so a lot is being offered to the students who attend. There's somewhere for everyone to belong.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? Well in a decade I see myself living out my destiny. I have many endeavors, so I'll have my girl's foundation, become a phenomenal writer, I'll have numerous entrepreneurial businesses, and I'll be traveling all over the world to speak; I want to know my purpose so my energy will be going towards that direction. My mission in life is to plant seeds in the lives of as many people as I possibly can, then pour water and watch them grow! I hope to LEAD, MENTOR, and INSPIRE others, so that they can learn to experience life in greater ways! I hope to make a positive impact and create extraordinary opportunities for women and all people who have been through similar hurts and hardships as me. I want to be the next Great Pioneer.

How have you chosen to give back to your college community? Well, this semester I chose to be a little more generous than usual; this year I plan to give more and get less. Because the more I get the more I can give, which is awesome. I found out that I could be a scholarship donor, so I decided to create a scholarship award and it's called the KRYSTAL ROSE SCHOLARSHIP. It's available on Mesa's website. This in turn will allow me to give to my campus and community, because I can meet and mentor the recipient with this neat act of kindness. What helped me to decide if I really wanted to do the scholarship was from something that I learned: "Giving someone cash leaves your hand empty, but your life full." I want to bless others because I have also been truly blessed by others.