Meet Our Student Ambassadors
Farah has lived in Reno for over 20 years. She and her family are originally from Jordan in the Middle East. She is a first-generation American and future college graduate. Farah has been studying at TMCC for almost three years and will be receiving her associate of arts degree this fall. From there she will pursue a dual major in special education/elementary degree. The reason that she decided to attend TMCC was because of the intimate atmosphere that the students and professors experience on campus, and because financially, TMCC is a great choice as it offers the same quality education, at a lower cost to the student. To Farah being an ambassador means making a connection with students and the community. Making a connection with individuals is about touching their lives. Her advice to future students is to remember "Many people have some uncertainties along the way of attending college and that's okay but you just have to keep in mind that you can do it! This is time to invest in yourself, because this investment will last you a life time."
Jean-Paul was born and raised in the Bay Area before moving to Reno nine years ago. He graduated from Reno High School in 2008 and has been attending TMCC ever since. Jean-Paul plans to transfer to UNR to complete his bachelor of arts in geography. His ultimate goal is to become an urban planner. Jean-Paul chose to attend TMCC because it was the best cost-effective option and also because he had heard a lot of great things about the institution such as small class sizes and easy access to instructors. To Jean-Paul, being a student ambassador is meaningful to him because he will be able to assist future students feel at home just as he does. Here are some words of wisdom Jean-Paul would like to share with future students: "College is definitely different from high school. One of the biggest differences is greater independence and self-reliance. Use it to your benefit! If you are ever lost the best thing you can do for yourself is ask for help, trust me you won't be disappointed you did!"
Meleseini was born and raised in San Mateo, Calif., which she calls my home even though she moved to Reno when she was an eighth grader. Meleseini graduated from Spanish Springs High School in 2008 and is now studying to become a radiologist technologist. She has been a student here at TMCC for one year. Meleseini chose to attend TMCC because of the friendly staff and the college environment. But even more so, she became a student here because of the College Achievement Program (CAP). Being a student ambassador means a lot to Meleseini because it gives her opportunities to meet new students and assist them through the transition into college life. She enjoys helping new students feel more comfortable here at TMCC. As an ambassador she also has had many opportunities to learn new skills that she will be able to apply to her future career.
Miguel was born and raised in Reno but took occasional trips to his parents' homeland. His parents are from La Paz de Ordaz, Jalisco, a small town about one hour outside of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Miguel is majoring in architecture and planning on transferring to New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Calif. Miguel has been a student at TMCC for one year. He chose TMCC because of the great architecture school here, which he had heard a lot about as a high school student. And Miguel admits it has been everything it was portrayed to be. To be an ambassador means more than anything to Miguel. It has opened a tremendous amount of doors for him and it will continue to do so throughout his college career. With the position of being a student ambassador he has the opportunity of aiding students in their transition from high school to college and the honor of representing his school. At the same time he is able to learn as much as possible about TMCC. Miguel has learned a lot through his experiences at TMCC, and would like to leave the future students with some words of wisdom, "Stay on the ball, because it is very difficult to catch up once you fall, and register for classes early in order to create a schedule that works for you".
Perfecto was born in the Philippines on the island of Tagbilaran, but calls Reno his home town because he grew up here. Currently, Perfecto is currently studying art and will study architectural design once he finishes his art degree. The reason he chose TMCC was the fact that it just felt like the right decision for him. Plus, he attended TMCC High School, so he was familiar with the college. Perfecto has attended TMCC for about two years and when he earns his associate degree plans to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno. To Perfecto, being an ambassador means learning professionalism, such as being punctual and well informed about the college. Ambassadors must have the drive to help people, and be able to work as a team with fellow ambassadors. As a final thought, or words of wisdom that Perfecto wants to share with future students is "nothing is easy in life, but if you work hard enough anything is possible".
Theresa is from Truckee, Cali. She is studying to be a court interpreter. Theresa is majoring in criminal justice and her minor is in Spanish. Going to college has been a long time goal of hers. Theresa chose to attend TMCC because she wanted the personal experience and a high quality education at an affordable price so she could reach her goals. She is currently enrolled in her second year, third semester. Theresa believes being a student ambassador is a great opportunity to reach out and give back. She thinks encouraging new students along the way and teaching them that college will be one of the best times in their life will help ease some of their anxiety. She also thinks being an ambassador is a good way to network and learn from others. Theresa would like to leave some encouraging words to the future students: "Anything is possible, just keep trying and don't give up on yourself even if no one else is there. Use the resources available to you and remember you get what you put in. Hard work pays off. Set big goals and reach for the stars."
Chris was born and raised here in the "Biggest Little City in the World." He really enjoys the area and feels Reno has much to offer. When Chris is not hard at work, or found with his nose in a textbook, he can be caught doing some type of activity outdoors. Chris comes from a low-income, first-generation family and truly has a passion for helping students of similar backgrounds achieve their goals in higher education. Chris received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and anticipates earning his master's degree in counseling December 2009. He feels very fortunate to have joined such a wonderful team here at TMCC and is excited to work with the ambassadors this year. To Chris, being the ambassador adviser symbolizes leadership, growth and synergy. As we continue to work together, each of us learn from one another, grow together and develop leadership skills that allow us to represent TMCC to our fullest potential and achieve our goals. Chris would like to offer these words of advice to all the students of TMCC: "Life is but a journey, focus on your destination but don't forget to enjoy the scenery. And always remember, we are all on this journey of life together and it's okay to stop and ask for guidance."