Meet Christiane Etienne
Major/Certificate: Cell & Molecular Biology
Class Of: 2012
Transfer Goal: University of California or Santa Cruz
Why did you choose Skyline College?
After my senior year and high school graduation, continuing my education seemed very difficult because I had only been living in the U.S. for one year since moving from Haiti. Being an ESL student, I could barely understand the English language. Since many family members previously attended Skyline College, I felt that it was the best decision for me to come here as well; therefore, my parents were very supportive of me attending Skyline knowing the great education that is offered here.
How are you involved at Skyline College?
Since I started attending Skyline College in the fall semester of 2009, I became involved with many different organizations. I enjoy all the extracurricular activities that I do, and I participate in different student organizations with a lot of passion. I have been involved with many programs and organizations on campus such as MESA, TRiO, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the Brotha’s and Sista’s Union (BSU), the Skyline Fellowship Club (formerly known as the Skyline Christian Club), the Honors Transfer program and many more.
As a current senator in the Associated Student of Skyline College (ASSC) I take part of the decision making process of the College. Since I started attending Skyline College I’ve also been involved with the Honors Transfer Program. I currently serve as an executive officer for the Honors Club on the leadership board. I am also a proud member of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa in which I am learning many great values such as the importance of team work by working on different projects with fellow officers and members, but also through PTK, I get to serve the community in our volunteer work.
I’ve also really enjoy working with the BSU, one of the things that we do in the BSU that is of great importance to me is promoting the idea of togetherness. With the BSU, I help bring the students together at Skyline regardless of anyone’s ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
How has Skyline College prepared you to achieve your academic goals?
Being at Skyline College, I have received a priceless education. I have had the honor to study with some of the best professors. I am well prepared to go to the next step—continuing to a four-year institution. Additionally, from my involvement in the different student organizations, I have developed many leadership skills which helped me become better not only in school but also in my work with other organizations.
What has been your favorite class?
I enjoyed most the courses that I took during my time here at Skyline College. One of my favorite classes was Bio 230, "Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II". The instructors are very knowledgeable in their subject. The instructors encouraged student participation, making the class more fun, and interactive. The instructors also focused on the students’ academic needs, using different ways to explain the material, visual aids, making use of the different labs and providing office hours to talk to individual students one-on-one.
What resources/services have supported you during your Skyline College experience?
It is a true blessing here to have so much help and resources available to us Skyline students. Some of the services that helped me in my educational goal include, the EOPS program, which is a program designed to help students coming from a low income family, helping them in reaching their education goals. The EOPS family has been so good to me, they provided me with financial support, including scholarships and book vouchers, counseling services that helped me plan my SEP (student Education Plan) and review it every semester.
The MESA program is a great help to me. They provided me with tutoring in many subjects and I was
able to print many of my experiment worksheets for free using their printer. One of the biggest advantages of MESA was that they provided me with a brand new laptop completely free!
I am also thankful to the The Learning Center Staff. Since summer 2009, I have been using the Writing and Reading Lab (WRL) and the Math Lab in the The Learning Center. Other programs including TRIO, ASTEP, Transfer Center and Financial Aid Office, have helped provide workshops teaching us about career opportunities, financial education, organizing campus visits, and making Counseling Services available to us.
What are your fondest memories about being a part of Skyline College?
Some of the best memories of my life include being a Skyline student. I have had the greatest privilege to meet some amazing people and share unforgettable moments with them. In 2010, after the Earthquake in Haiti, I remember how supportive everyone was to my sister and me.. I felt so much love from teachers, staff and other students. Even though it was a very difficult moment for my family and I, with all the amazing people here at Skyline College, I was able to overcome all the stress and the overwhelming feelings of the tragic and horrible disaster that hit my home country. The school organized an event to help fundraise for Haiti, and to see so many people come out to support the cause was such a special moment for me. It really showed me that I had become part of a new family here at Skyline College. I am so grateful for my family I have made here at Skyline College. All I have is just positive and good memories
What advice do you have for perspective Skyline College students?
To all perspectives students, I would definitely recommend Skyline College. You will not only find a great school but also a family. There are countless numbers people who will provide you the guidance that you need and all the necessary help and support to make your life at Skyline the best possible. The most amazing thing is being surrounded by people who will care for you, show their genuine kindness and love for you. Get involved on campus and join different organizations and clubs. It will play important roles in your educational lives and success if you do!
How would you describe student life at Skyline College?
The student life here at Skyline College is very engaging. It is a wonderful community and as a student there is a great sense of belonging here. The diversity among the student population on campus is beautiful and it really shows that Skyline is an inclusive College. We have a beautiful campus, a lot of great students, and there is great connection between the students and the faculty and staff.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The future now seems brighter to me. The education I received at Skyline College gave me a lot of confidence that I am on my way to success. I have dreamed of attending medical school ever since I was a small child and now that I have received an excellent education here my dream is getting closer. Ten years from now I can see myself in one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country completing my doctorate degree and being a few steps away from achieving my goal of becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon.
How have you chosen to give back to your college community?
I have been supporting my college community for about 2 years now through my volunteer work on campus and my participation in the student activities. I volunteer every year for Expending Your Horizon (EYH) and I also do one-on-one tutoring when I get a chance, helping my fellow classmates, friends and other students. I’ve also promoted student involvement on campus with school spirit events, supporting our athletes, and talented musical and theater students.