Peer Coach Highlight
What is your role at CAN/TRIO?
My role at CAN-TRIO is to be supportive of our students and to help them academically,
as well as personally. I help students by listening, showing compassion, and by motivating
students regardless of their struggles. I also tutor CAN students in English and other
subjects. I help students write essays, construct personal statements, create resumes,
apply to scholarships, and manage their time efficiently.
Please share one of your best CAN/TRIO experiences.
I have had many positive experiences with our students which have also had a positive
impact on me. One case in particular, was during last year’s application period for
the Allan Hancock College Foundation scholarship. I was working with a student who
had already decided they didn’t want to apply to the scholarship because they were
convinced they would not receive an award, and they were scared to ask for letters
of recommendations. After some time, I was able to convince the student to apply to
the scholarship with my help, and a letter of recommendation from me. The student
ended up receiving a scholarship, and we both felt really accomplished afterwards.
Finish the sentence. “If I could do one thing to make students’ lives better, I would…”
If I could do one thing to make students’ lives better, I would… create positive experiences
and memories with them
CAN Success Story
Mariela came to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. She graduated from a local high school here in Santa Maria and began her college career at AHC in 2008. Mariela's academic and career goals are to master the English language and give back to her community as a social worker. She knew she would transfer to a university and pursue a Bachelor's degree, so she applied to College Achievement Now (CAN) to receive transfer counseling. While at Hancock, Mariela also participated with the "green" club, Cal-SOAP, EOPS and volunteered at her church and local charities. She is now attending Fresno State as a junior and plans to graduate in 2014.
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