Student Advocates are passionate about education, community, advocacy, social justice, and equity. Student Advocates are assigned to a local Title I school or a local non-profit that supports a local Title I school. Their role is to assist the school with literacy and STREAM activities that promote higher learning. Advocates also work in the center and use their paid office hours as an opportunity to share service opportunities with other college students The team consists of motivated and engaged students, each with their particular reasons for becoming student advocates.
The Student Advocates
Major: Liberal Arts
Academic Goals: Transfer to a 4-year university.
"I wanted to become a Student Advocate to get out of my comfort zone and give back to the community."
Academic Goals: To transfer to a 4 year university.
"I want to help my community. I want to grow as a leader and improve my social skills."
Academic Goals: Bachelors in bio-manufacturing and transfer to UCSD.
"I want to leave an impact on the community and make a difference"
Victoria Castaño-Mendoza - First Generation College Student
Academic Goals: Get my AA and then transfer to CSUSM.
"I became a Student Advocate because I liked to be in the community and getting down and dirty. I also like to help the organizations and see the difference that we could make."
Academic Goals: To be an immigration lawyer, to have a Jd or Ph.D.
"I want to be involved in the community now that I've gotten over my social anxiety. I want to help the younger generation and encourage them to not give up on education."
Major: Sociology and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Goals: I want to transfer to a 4 year institution.
"I wanted to become a student advocate because I enjoy interacting with and being of service to my community."
Nailea Flores - First Generation College Student
Major: Sociology and Engineering
Academic Goals: Transfer to university with and AA degree from MiraCosta.
"I became a Student Advocate to be a part of ensuring student success. I'm a first generation student, identify as Mexicana, and also very friendly."
Sumie "Mimi" Ingram
Academic Goals: Domestic violence counselor or substance abuse counselor
"I wanted to become a Student Advocate because it will help me increase my servant leadership skills and allow me to do volunteer work and get involved in the community."
Academic Goals: I plan on getting my Associates degree here at MiraCosta College then transferring to a UC or CSU for my undergraduate studies. My career and future goal is to become a Neurologist.
"I wanted to become a student advocate because I want to be able to help my community, to help students and encourage them to continue with their education. Also, because I want to make new connections around campus and enrich my work experience."
Francisco "Paco" Manuel Hernandez
Major: Sociology and Nursing
Academic Goal: To keep my high G.P.A.
"I wanted to become a student advocate because I love helping others."
Academic Goal: PhD. in Psychology
"I wanted to become a student advocate because I love being active in my community and connecting with others. Helping others is my passion and this a great way to be able to do that."
Academic Goals: PhD. over time, main focus is to complete at least a Bachelor's degree
"I like networking and interacting with others. Being able to help others reach their goals and utilizing the proper resources is why I joined the Student Advocates."
Major: Sociology and Liberal Studies
Academic Goals: To transfer to a UC and get my B.A. in Ethnic Studies, then get my teaching credential to become an Ethnic Studies High School Teacher. After, I plan to get my Master's in Public Policy and eventually run for my local city council.
"I became a Student Advocate because volunteering in my community is something that I am passionate about."
Academic Goals: To get good grades and graduate
"I want to become a Student Advocate because I want to help the community more. I also wanted to become a Student Advocate to work with an amazing team."
Academic Goals: Get into a program in the dental-related field.
"I'm passionate about community service, equity, social justice, and I want to improve my own and others' cultural competency. All things considered, this is my dream job :)."
Academic Goals: To be in school and graduate with a degree.
"I became an Advocate because I like to help during the farmers market. And Bea introduced me to the opportunity to go and read to 3rd graders. I am happy to do it."
Major: Liberal Arts
Academic Goals: To transfer to a 4-year university and to get my bachelor's degree.
"I want to be a Student Advocate because I want to help others as they have helped me."
Major: English Literature
Academic Goals: To transfer to Columbia University to finish my Bachelor's Degree, then work towards my Master's and PhD.
"I want to be a useful student in the MiraCosta community. The college gives so much to me and I am so appreciative for it, however I want to reciprocate those gifts by joining Student Services and volunteering as much as I can."
Academic Goals: My goal is to obtain an AA and transfer to a 4 year university
"I wanted to become a Student Advocate to be more proactive and get out of my comfort zone."