STAR: Students in the News
Each academic year the STAR program reconizes some of it's outstanding student participants who have made sufficant achievements and/or improvements. The STAR program staff collectively choose program participants each academic year to profile their accomplishments and triumps over difficult life obstacles. In 2018, the following students are being recognized:
Jeff recently graduate for AVC and is preparing to transfer to a four year university fall on 2018. While in attendance Jeff was an active participant in the STAR program. According to Jeff, he has experienced much more difficult times than the average student and he has been able to overcome the difficulties in his life. Growing up in inner city Los Angeles, excelling in and earning a full ride college scholarship to play football at the University of Arizona, Jeff had a bright future ahead of him. Circumstances however, lead to him leaving college just shy of earning his Bachelor’s degree. After years in the work world, Jeff found himself falling into substance abuse and addiction, and living a life he wasn’t proud of. After hitting “rock bottom” Jeff found his way out of addiction with the help of friends and his belief in God. Jeff has since turned his life around and is a Psychology major at AVC. He is working toward becoming an Addiction Counselor so he can help others in the same predicament that he faced. He now surrounds himself with like-minded believers, and is working on not only improving himself but helping others as well. Jeff is an inspiration, someone who has overcome the struggles that life can present, and is constantly striving to help others who are in the same situation as he once was. He wants to make the world a better place!
According to Edgar, by the time I was 14, I was running around with gangs and already in and out of jail. By the time I was 16, I was an active gang member and I dropped out of school. My bad choices continued into most of my adult life. The last time I was incarcerated was in 2010, and it was during those three years that I decided to change my life. As I sat in my cell, I came to the realization that I could not do anything beneficial for my family while incarcerated. Turning my life around was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I was able to do it with the support of my family.
Due to my past, I was unable to get a job. On the advice of a friend, I decided to give the medical field a try. It was during my externship as a phlebotomist that I decided to venture on a different path. Interacting with my patients gave me a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Wanting to help others in need brought me to Antelope Valley College, where I am pursuing a nursing degree. Thanks to the wonderful S.T.A.R. program staff, I am on the right track towards my goal. Their S.T.A.R. counselor has been there to give me academic advice and to make sure I stay on task. The S.T.A.R. math tutors have assisted me in passing my challenging math courses when classroom instruction was not enough.
After completion of an Associates Degree in Nursing at Antelope Valley College, I will be transferring to U.C.L.A’s nursing program to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating from U.C.L.A, my plan is to gain the experience necessary to get into a nurse anesthetist program. As a nurse anesthetist, I plan to volunteer at least one month a year with Doctors Without Borders. There, alongside other medical professionals, I will provide free medical care to people in crisis around the world. Whether it be in an area of war, natural disaster, or destitution, our services will be free to anyone in need. I believe it is important to give to others, but especially to those who are less fortunate.