Name: Rachel Karen Monk
Major: Criminal Justice
Transfer Goal: I would like to Transfer to San Diego State University, UCLA or Alliant.
How are you involved at Mesa College? I am involved with many clubs at Mesa College; I volunteer to be a Treasurer for SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) I am a director at Large for the S.E.E.M.E. (Support Each other through Education Mentoring to the Exceptional) club and I have been a Co-President for the Women's Union on campus.
How long have you attended Mesa College? This is my Sixth semester at Mesa College.
Why did you choose Mesa College? I had the opportunity to take a Personal Growth course that was offered through North City Continuing Education to Mesa. I really had a great experience with my first College course and wanted to continue at the best Community College in San Diego. Mesa offers more courses than any other community college I've researched.
What have you enjoyed most about your Mesa College experience? I have enjoyed every moment of my education. The Professors are willing to go to any length to help me reach my goals. They are very knowledgeable in their curriculum. I've enjoyed meeting so many amazing individuals that have impacted my life in many ways. Each one of these remarkable individuals has touched my life and I will hold them responsible for helping me enjoy my experience at Mesa. A few of these people include President Rita Cepeda, Tanya Kravatz, Ron Ryno, Liz Hueneberg, Carletta Middleton, Kathy Fennessey, Dean Hands, Myra Gonzalez, and Anthony Reuss.
How is Mesa College preparing you to achieve your academic goals? Mesa College is helping me achieve my academic goals by giving me a great education and readying me so that I may transfer to a University. Mesa has prepared me by helping me set goals and accomplish them.
What resources/services have supported you through your Mesa College experience? Mesa has so many resources that I have learned about through my EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) counselor. These resources include DSPS (Disability Support Programs and Services), STAR/Trio programs and the Financial Aid staff.
How would you describe student life at Mesa College? Student life at Mesa College has been very rewarding. Life is very busy on campus with so many events and workshops to participate in.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years I see myself helping others find a new way to live. I want to help juveniles that have gone astray. I have strength and skills that are invaluable and wish for nothing more than to share and enable a sense of hope to the hopeless to be able to instill a sense of pride and dignity through empowerment and advocacy.
What is the best thing about being an EOPS student? The best thing about being an EOPS student is having the support of individuals that want to see me to help me achieve success. Additional EOPS support services that I have utilized are priority enrollment, book vouchers, grants, educational plans, workshops, personal academic and career counseling and fee waivers to UC and CSU colleges.