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Christopher Warddell

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Major: Business Administration

About me:

I am from Los Angeles where I spent the first 24 years of my life. This is my first time in college. I love the atmosphere here at Skyline College, and I am excited to continue my education and further my professional development.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

What major I wanted to pursue. I believe getting connecting with a Counselor as soon as you can to create your Student Education Plan (SEP) to transfer on-time is what I would encourage students to do.

3 words that describe you:
  • Tenacious
  • Grounded
  • Creative
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I enjoy spending time watching television and films, especially international productions. It helps me experience different perspectives regarding culture and humanity.

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Christine Joy Grona

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Major: English

About me:

I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved to California in 2014. My family migrated here in America to pursue a better life. Skyline College was my first choice for college right after I graduated high school. I have taken classes at Skyline College during my Junior and Senior year of high school and I saw how helpful and supportive professors were. One of my proudest moments in life is graduating with an Associate’s Degree with Skyline College in May 2019. I am currently looking at transferring to San Francisco State to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

That there are other international just like me. I understand the struggle of being an international student, and I wish I could have gotten involved with them to help build community and provide support.

3 words that describe you:
  • Outspoken
  • Trustworthy
  • Insightful
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I love being have time to self-care by having time for myself. I like writing stories on my free time, I typically write about anything I can think of. I also enjoy watching movies either with friends or having just me time!

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Claudia Vazquez Ibarra

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Major: Psychology

About me:

I am from Mexico and moved to the Bay Area in 2016. I am studying Psychology, and expect to get a Bachelors’ degree at the San Francisco State University. I plan to get Master’s degree in Psycho-Oncology because I think it is very important to support people and their families when they most need it.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

The importance of organization and time management in order to manage classes, homework, family, friends, and self-care. I also wish I had known more about scholarships and support programs like EOPS and TRiO.

3 words that describe you:
  • Perseverant
  • Dedicated
  • Disciplined
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I like spending time outdoors to spend time with nature. I love watching movies! My favorite kind of movies is science fiction and fantasy. Another activity that helps me to relax is coloring mandalas or drawing with oil pastels (a kind of crayons).

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Ayanda Miti

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Major: Psychology

About me:

I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I have received three scholarships. My plan is to earn an Associate’s degree in Psychology with the intent to transfer. I love working with people and hope to become an entrepreneur! I take education and my future very seriously, and I am always open to helping anybody wherever and whenever I can. Studying in the U.S is something I have always known that I would do because I am ambitious and never back down from challenges!

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

About the free shuttle that is available to students! Transportation costs a lot of money. Also knowing about the Learning Communities and clubs on campus because it can be hard to socialize as a new student. When you find other people with similar interests and hobbies – it becomes easier.

3 words that describe you:
  • Compassionate
  • Open minded
  • Trust-worthy
What I enjoy outside of academics:

Having my private space and time to: relax and listen to music, write or read, catch up on what is happening in the world, and of course, social media

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Mark Estrada

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Major: Psychology

About me:

I am a Filipino-American, first-generation student from Daly City. I graduated from and a Westmoor High School. I hope to receive my AA-T for Psychology this coming May and transfer to San Francisco State by next Fall for my Bachelor’s Degree. I also aim to get into their graduate program to pursue counseling because of the tremendous inspiration and support I’ve built with faculty at Skyline. I’m also part of the CIPHER learning community.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

How many resources are open and available to all Skyline College students. My first semester at Skyline College, I was inactive and didn’t participate at all which led me to face many struggles. Today I am far more engaged with the campus and continue to learn. 

3 words that describe you:
  • Compassionate
  • Driven
  • Patient
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I enjoy about basketball, whether it be talking about stats, playing ball, or just talking about it. I also really like laughing a lot and have a broad sense of humor. Anime and hip hop are cool too.

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Nitisha Thapa

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Major: Biotechnology

About me:

I am an international student from Nepal. My goal is to transfer to a University as a biotechnology major and get an Associate degree in Biology. Afterwards, I strive to go into medical school.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

About the available resources in the school such as tutoring, peer mentoring and the scholarships available for international students! I wish I could have talked to someone about learning how to navigate through Canvas as well.

3 words that describe you:
  • Eye of details
  • Adaptive
  • Empathetic
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I like to dance, watch movies, and be on Youtube to find cool videos. I also like spending most of my time with my family.

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Thanh Nguyen

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Major:Business Administration

About me:

I dreamed of studying broad when I was a little girl, so I tried my best to convince my family to let me follow my dream. Since I came to the U.S. and studied at Skyline College, I’ve never stopped trying my best every single day to develop my skills and knowledge. I believe that if I keep moving forward and don’t give up, my hard work will be paid off.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known about all the available resources and services on campus, so that I don’t need to struggle to fit in the college life. I wish I had known more people, made more friends to not feel being left out of the community.

3 words that describe you:
  • Reliable
  • Stubborn
  • Caring
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I enjoy planning and attending the activities in Phi Theta Kappa, and then I also enjoy spending time with my friends when I’m free. Sometimes I will enjoy being alone to just listen to music or read some books to refresh my mind.

Tiffannee Rush

Tiffannee Rush

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Major: Business Adminstration

About me:

I am a first generation college student. My goal is to complete my studies at Skyline College and transfer to San Francisco State University or an HBCU (Historically back colleges and universities) to pursue my Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

All of the available resources that Skyline has to offer such as Peer Mentoring, Tutoring, and free printing & school Supplies!

3 words that describe you:
  • Persistent
  • Compassionate
  • Friendly
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I love spending quality time with my daughter, traveling, reading, and watching movies.

Zane Chang

Zane Chang

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Major:Respiratory Care

About me:

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Biology from UC Davis, and an associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy from Foothill College. I am here at Skyline College studying for my second bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care Program. I speak Cantonese and some Mandarin. My plan is to explore more about medicine and continue to work in health care with the goal of providing hospice care.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I had known…:

About all the resources available especially support program outside of academics. In the past, I was not aware of how integrated everything is because I only took evening, weekend, and online classes. Only in Spring 2019, I found out that Skyline College has a community on campus.

3 words that describe you:
  • Active
  • Philosophical
  • Detail-oriented
What I enjoy outside of academics:

I love learning about martial arts, yoga, and reading children’s books. I also enjoy watching inspirational movies about sports or animals, and playing Lego video games.