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Claudia Vazquez

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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 bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University. I plan to get a master’s degree in Psycho-Oncology because I think it is very important to support people and their families when they need it the most.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

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 to describe you
  • Perseverant
  • Dedicated
  • Disciplined
My Strengths
  • Organization and planning
  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Experience with ESOL students
  • Canvas and WebSMART
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 crayon).

Programs I'm involved in...
  • ESL Connect
  • EOPS
Languages
  • Spanish
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GaHyeon Shin (Gwen)

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Major: Business Administration | Enviornmental Science

About Me

I was born and raised in Busan, Korea. In 2012, I moved to Yangon, Myanmar and graduated high school there. I spent my first year at the University of Oregon. I moved to California in 2019, and now attend Skyline College. I am majoring in environmental science and will be graduating with an associate's degree in business administration in May 2020. I am part of the student government as the commissioner of public records, working as an energy auditing intern, and a Youth Ambassador for SamTrans. My ultimate career goal is working in the field of urban planning/sustainability in the future. I believe my multicultural life experience and work experience are valuable as a peer mentor. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about anything!

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

That Skyline College offers so many opportunities such as jobs, workshops and events for students to grow as a person and a student. I really appreciate the diverse, tight student-caring community here. Take advantage of numerous opportunities and resources here because those are all for you!

3 words to describe you
  • Ambitious
  • Productive
  • Organized
My Strengths
  • Organization and planning
  • Time management
  • Google Apps (Drive, Slides, Sheets)
  • Transfer Experience (Southern Oregon University Honors College)
  • Note-taking and goal setting
What I enjoy outside of academics

I enjoy doing self-care, such as exercising and skincare, and love traveling! Going to concerts and music festivals are one of my favorite things to do and I think everyone should at least experience it once in their lifetime. When I feel a little tired and stressed out, I like going out for a walk on a sunny day.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Honor's Transfer Program
  • International Student Club
  • Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) Internships
Languages
  • Korean
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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 Westmoor High School. I hope to receive my AA-T for Psychology this coming May and transfer to San Francisco State University 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 College. I’m also part of the CIPHER Learning Community.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

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 to describe you
  • Compassionate
  • Driven
  • Patient
My Strengths
  • Note-taking
  • Time management
  • Campus resources
  • Networking
  • Email Etiquette
  • Google Apps (Calendar, Gmail, Slides)
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.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER)
  • Outreach Ambassador
  • Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC)
  • Outreach Ambassador
  • TRIO
  • Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM)
Languages
  • Cebuano
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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's Degree in Biology. Afterwards, I strive to go into medical school.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

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

3 words to describe you
  • Eye of details
  • Adaptive
  • Empathetic
My Strengths
  • Stress management
  • Canvas
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Apps
  • Public speaking
  • Organization
  • Time management
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.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Biotechnology
Languages
  • Nepali, Hindi
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Ovie Ogege

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Major: Electrical Engineering

About Me

I am an international student from Lagos, Nigeria. I love the atmosphere here at Skyline College, and I would say coming here is the best decision I ever made. I had an amazing experience so far, and I’ve really learned to enjoy working with students from different cultural backgrounds. The support system is really strong at Skyline College!

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

I wish I knew about Campus resources early enough to help me do better not necessarily academically, but to build on those aspects that helps improve the college experience for students. I think student success goes beyond just having good grades but also, building a community helps an individual develop as a whole.

3 words to describe you
  • Friendly
  • Goal oriented
  • Caring
My Strengths
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Campus Resources
  • Canvas
  • Google Apps
  • Note-taking
  • Organization
What I enjoy outside of academics

I enjoy spending time with friends while engaging in voluntary teaching work. I love studying, singing, dancing and watching movies. Sometimes, games come in handy to keep me busy but overall, I love learning and doing personal side research.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM)
  • African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP)
  • Honors Transfer Program
  • Engineering & Robotics Club (ERC)
  • International Student Club
Languages
  • Yoruba, Isoko, Urhobo, Nigerian Pidgin
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Thanh Nguyen

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Major: Mathematics

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 pay off.

When I started at Skyline College, I wish I knew...

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 to describe you
  • Reliable
  • Stubborn
  • Caring
My Strengths
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Stress management
  • Campus Resources
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Google Apps
What I enjoy outside of academics

I enjoy planning and attending the activities in Phi Theta Kappa. 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.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Kappa Beta Delta (KBD)
  • International Student Program (ISP)
Languages
  • Vietnamese
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Zane Chang

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Major: Respiratory Care B.S. | Massage Therapy

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. 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 knew...

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 to describe you
  • Active
  • Philosophical
  • Detail-oriented
My Strengths
  • Time management
  • Organization and planning
  • Transfer experience (UC Davis alumni)
  • Google Apps
  • Canvas
  • Goal setting
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.

Programs I'm involved in...
  • Forensics: Speech & Debate Club
Languages
  • Cantonese, Mandarin