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Erica Barreto '18
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Erica Barreto, a sophomore and English major concentrating in creative writing, says she has dedicated her time at MCLA to exploring her passions and talents in hopes of better understanding what career path will bring her the most satisfaction, or as she likes to describe it, “happiness.” Erica believes that the liberal arts education she is receiving at MCLA expands her way of thinking, allowing her to interconnect material across all subjects and form ideas and concepts to greater lengths. As someone who has always been a passionate writer, Erica's passion has recently extended to other aspects of her life, such as education, her profession, and community involvement. Erica states that "education is the foundation for progression, innovations and new ways of thinking."
Through her experiences at MCLA, Erica has quickly learned the importance of community through her appreciation for teaching and, in turn, her respect for learning. This past summer, Erica was able to experience teaching first hand while she worked as an academic tutor counselor with MCLA’s Individual Enrichment Program. Her experience with this program shaped skills of her own and Erica explains, “I learned more about myself than I could have ever taught the students I was working with.”
Erica finds inspiration from the many alumni who continue to give back, making her and her peers dreams of a college education a reality. “It’s all about the connections, and how alumni help incoming students achieve the same opportunities they have had in the past. Without student scholarship aid, my own scholarship would probably not have been made possible.”