MESA Student spotlight
Highlighting MESA students and the impactful work they are doing in the community.
Major: Manufacturing Engineering
- What inspires you? Believing in myself and inspiring someone else to know that it's never too late to go back to school. My family is my rock, I want them to admire my hard work, and to be an example.
- College goal? As a first-generation earning a degree, it's a thought I never imagined could be possible to achieve in my life. Don't wait for the "right time" to get an education, it's an opportunity I am grateful to experience. My goals at Edmonds CC are to acquire knowledge, skills and personal growth to excel academically in achieving my degree.
- How has MESA impacted you? Deciding on going back to school after 35 years was terrifying, to say the least. First, in August 2018, I earned my diploma and decided that I wanted to continue my education. Secondly, I courageously chose a degree outside of my comfort zone. I felt strong and confident enough to remove myself from my "safe place," because I wanted more for myself and my children. I reached out to MESA, and they were a welcoming community of supportive and inspiring people that I am grateful to be a part of. MESA has exposed me to awesome opportunities and amazing resources connecting me to achieving my math and science degree in engineering. I am excited and looking forward to the future with the guidance and support of the MESA community in my corner.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
- What inspires you? In my GED class, one of my classmates was a 60 year women that inspired me to go back to school, regardless of your age.
- College goal? Be the first in my family to earn a degree, specifically a Mechanical Engineering degree.
- Career goal? Improve the structural conditions of low-income neighborhoods and create new sustainable waste management practices.
- How has MESA impacted you? MESA has opened my eyes to valuable opportunities and has made earning an engineering degree possible for me.
- What inspires you? I've always loved science, and never focused on it as much as I am right now. I also enjoy the process of refining my mind as much as I can. Being in STEM, and around other people pursuing a STEM major has taught me so much about myself. I've also been able to bring what I learn to wherever I go in a positive way.
- Cool projects? I like to browse online for different electronics projects to keep my soldering skills sharp. I'm also currently working on a coffee information website. I work two jobs and am thinking of saving a bit for completing my own research project
- College goal? The origin of why I chose this field was born out of my desire for self-development. I don't claim to be a very intelligent person, but taking the classes has helped me realize that I can do things I never would have thought I could five years ago. Though I still fail horribly at times, I feel that it is worth it for me. I've always loved science and still think that Physics is the best way to go for me.
- How has MESA impacted you? If it wasn't for the quiet study space, I think I would have likely dropped out a long time ago. Also being around other students who had similar goals and aspirations kept me motivated.
Major: Leaning towards Math or Physics
- What project did you work on during the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Program? My team of 10 participants from around the U.S. buit a Mars rover over the 3 day competition to collect and analyze mineral samples. I was the financial manager and kept track of the project budget, while other team members built and programmed the rover. It was so cool to see how my diverse team could work together to problem solve and reach our goal, and we ended up winning the competition!
- What did you get out of the NCAS Program? The program was so rewarding and helped me find a direction, visualize how I can contribute to NASA's goals, and figure out why I'm going to school. I also made so many connections with other driven STEM students and industry professionals. Additionally, I learned how to manage a team and I'll apply that knowledge with the robotics club here at EdCC. In the future I hope to work in artificial intelligence and NCAS helped me understand how many different majors can support NASA missions.