making a difference in the community
Yamileyka Rojas '17
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Yamileyka (Yami) Rojas, a transfer student new to MCLA, has recently discovered the sense of community on campus. She believes the College is home to “people who help one another achieve their goals and inspire the motivation to strive for success." With that being said, Yami shapes her education around her aspiration to conquer her dreams of obtaining a Master's Degree and then pursuing a career in the writing industry.
Yami’s determination stems directly from her passionate disposition. An English major with a concentration in writing, Yami understands the fluid nature of language. Her studies are centered on the value of experience, and in learning such, Yami acknowledges how the future can be unpredictable, however, exciting.
Yami tries to utilize her talent to help others through volunteer programs. Her participation in WriteStuff, an after-school writing workshop for elementary students, allows her to help students prosper as writers and let their interest of language grow. Similarly, Yami is involved with another after school program held at Adam’s Youth Center, in which she not only mentors students who need help with homework but entertains them through activities like baking or science experiments as well. Yami admires the opportunity to work with these programs and feels they allow her to make a difference in the community while getting the satisfaction of helping others develop.
This semester, Yami chose to take further her involvement in the community, specifically through her participation with MCLA’s Phonathon. Yami wanted to work with Phonathon because she recognizes that the program stands to promote student progress by providing financial aid to those in need. "I was admitted to the College with financial support from the school, and wanted to show my appreciation by contributing to the endeavors that provide other students benefit from the same types of opportunities I have received.".
Yami believes, “you can live up to the expectations that you have for yourself both academically and socially, especially if you reach out to those that have the answers to your questions. Success is attainable; you just need to learn how to use your resources wisely."