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Meet the Academic Coaches

Sheyla Wypack

A Little About Me:

I finished High School in Peru, but have taken a winding journey to find my major/what I want to do for a career. My first major was Tourism and Hotel Management, my second major was Nursing, and then I took a General Psychology class. I fell in love with the content of the class and became a Psychology major. Once I transfer to an undergraduate school, I am thinking on doing Ethnic Studies as a minor.

I learned English as a second Language when I was thirteen years old, which has lead me to get involved in a number of extracurricular activities from the Glee club in High School to volunteering at a hospital.

Future Plans:

A. Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree

  B. Get my dream job in Human Resources after graduation

My most rewarding or interesting college experience has been:

To get to know different people from different countries and backgrounds.

Three things I want to do in life are …

Travel around the world.

Work with a non-profit organization to help people in need.

Learn how to play the piano.

Thanh Nguyen

A Little About Me:

I completed high school in Vietnam, and I also earned a bachelor degree in French Linguistics and Literature at University of Science Social and Humanities - Ho Chi Minh National University. I was one of two best students of my faculty and received scholarships for student who has outstanding GPA twice.

When I went to the university in Vietnam, I was President of Faculty Youth Union, and also Head of Faculty French Club. At Skyline College, I am member of Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Theta Omicron Chapter at Skyline.  

Future Plans:

After finishing two years at Skyline, I plan to transfer to SF State to get a bachelor degree in Management and pursue my career in Human Resources.

My most rewarding or interesting college experience has been:

My most interesting college experience has been working as a Student Assistant at The Learning Center. Because I become more active, know a lot of awesome people, and make more friends while sitting at the front desk to assist students who need help.

Three things I want to do in life are …

A. Have a successful career in Human Resources field.

B. Build my own hotel.

C. Travel around the world.

Michelle Huang

A Little About Me:

I completed high school in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Some of my academic achievements are 1st honors in high school, and I achieved 7A* and 2A in Cambridge IGCSE examination. Besides academics, I am interested in modeling and dancing. I got the 1st runner-up during one of the school’s Mr. & Mr. United Nations annual model search. I also attended contemporary dance classes outside school and performed at various events.

Future Plans:

I enrolled at Skyline College with a goal of obtaining an Associate in Science in Business Administration, and expect transfer to either UC Berkeley or UCLA by Fall 2019.  Afterwards, I hope to be working in Google or Apple. I believe that I will make my dreams come true!

My Most Interesting College Experience:

My most interesting college experience has been getting involved with the clubs on campus. Through joining clubs, I could enhance connections with other students sharing the same interests as me, and also those with different interests. I learn to be a more outgoing person and get to exchange knowledge. The clubs that I am involved with are Skyline Investment Club and Skyline Honors Club. I am the Commissioner of Social Media of the Skyline Investment Club. With the Honors Club, I do volunteer activities at Glide Memorial Church San Francisco serving the homeless. I highly suggest all students to get involved with clubs on campus and I assure it will be part of the memorable moments of campus life!   

Three things I want to do in life are …

A. Make my parents proud

B. Inspire and motivate people

C. Travel around the world

Michael Schroeder

A Little About Me:

I graduated from Leland High School in South San Jose and came to Skyline College excited to see what the Bay Area can offer. I played Football and even wrestled in high school, learning to work as a team member, one of the most valuable skills I have.

I started community college at De Anza College, but decided to spend my time working and eventually moved my way up through different companies such as Apple and even a local police department. Later I decided to go back to school and chose Skyline College. My second semester at Skyline College awarded me the Dean’s List and I could not be happier.

Future Plans:

I intend to transfer to SF State, UC Berkeley or another 4-year institution. Eventually, I plan to work on film animation for movies, hopefully one day landing my dream job at ILM in San Francisco.

My Most Interesting College Experience:

My most rewarding college experience would be my first experience with the Math JAM program. This was a two-week program during the summer that allowed me to work on my math skills, additionally allowing me to even retake the math placement test to score in a higher math class. This is a program I would recommend to everyone who is taking a math course.

Three things I want to do in life are …

A.  Travel the world

B.  Get a job I love doing

C.  Do more volunteer work

Angelina Cai

A Little About Me:

I graduated High School from the Taishan Teacher’s School, Taishan, China and later came to the United States where I enrolled in Skyline College. I have been fortunate to receive the Dean’s Honors List -Beta Theta Omicron Elected Honors Coordinator, The Dale Helen Mersereau Scholarship, Recipient, the Grove Scholarship Recipient Skyline College, The Assistive Technology Scholarship Recipient and The Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society Inductee.  While focusing on my academic work, I have also coordinated Outreach Programs and developed Senior Computer Training Workshops. At the same time, service is important and I serve as a youth leader for SGI, volunteer in South San Francisco Senior centers and Skyline Day Care centers and have been elected to the position of Elected Honors Coordinator for Beta Theta Omicron.

Future Plans:

I am studying (ECE) for certificate completion in Spring 2018 and will complete my degree shortly thereafter. Upon which, I plan to work in child day care centers in the Bay Area.

My Most Interesting College Experience:

My most rewarding interesting college experience has been y most interesting experience has been my acceptance into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society Inductee in 2008.

Three things I want to do in life are …

A. Become financially independent.
B. Own my on home.
C. Continue to learn and travel the world.

Naama Nunez

A Little About Me:

Although most of my elementary and secondary schooling took place in Jalisco, Mexico, I graduated from Jefferson High School and soon after began my pursuing my transfer degree in sociology at Skyline College. My past includes various academic achievements that enhanced my learning experience including; President of the Mock Trial Team, as well as Club Commissioner on the Student Government body at my high school. During summers I would intern with the San Mateo County Library System, as well as take summer courses offered at UC Berkeley. Member of the Teen Leadership Camp, in which students were taken on a weekend retreat to formulate ideas on how to better the community at their schools. During my senior year I was captain of the women’s swim team at my high school, as well as vice president of the Theater Arts club.  On weekends and during holiday vacations I volunteer at the San Francisco Playhouse, I also sing in my church’s choir on a weekly basis. I am the vice president of the creating writing club at Skyline, as well as an intern with the San Mateo County Library System.

Future Plans:

I am currently working on obtaining my transfer degree in sociology, and have recently been accepted as a future intern for a summer camp called The Big Lift. I hope to continue growing surrounded by the welcoming and inspiring environment at Skyline College.

My Most Interesting College Experience:

Meeting new people and learning about different life experiences. There is not a single moment I can pin point, but the vast variety of people I have met at Skyline College truly amazes me. The rich diversity found at the college inspires and motivates me to achieve my own personal goals. It is truly a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Three things I want to do in life are …

A. Work in public services to prevent child abuse and promote children's’ rights.

B. Study abroad in a country with a foreign language.

C. Adopt a child.

Richard Hua

A Little About Me:

After attending a number of high schools in San Francisco, I graduated from Ida B. Wells Continuation High School. I excelled in academics as a youth, but became distracted in high school.  After a few life-lessons learned, eventually I finished my degree. This gave me a glimpse of hope and I gave community college a chance and decided to go to Skyline College. When I first started school again, I performed decent - but not as well as I would have liked. This turned into a personal challenge I set for myself. Over the past year or two I have gradually raised my GPA and learned plentiful about myself. I am very proud of this accomplishment because I have achieved what a countless amount of people told me was impossible. I persevered in the face of statistics used to categorize me and used to prevent me from achieving my goals and dreams.

I sought out as many resources as I possibly could find at Skyline and found TRiO and EOPS. I joined the many various honor’s clubs such as Honor’s Transfer Program, Honor’s Society, Honor’s Club and eventually joined the Business achievement fraternity, Kappa Beta Delta. I ran in a school-wide election for the executive position of Commissioner of Finance for the ASSC and although I did not get the position – this has been a great learning experience. I participate in the ‘Engineering Robotics Club’ and am very lucky the club has just been found last semester by some of my friends whom I have met in the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Center. We participate in events such as Maker’s Day and Manufacturing Day where we promote to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) students and youth to get them more enthused about learning math and science.

Future Plans:

I plan to be able to attend UC Berkeley or UC San Diego. I hope to one day be able to offer services that help put students through school and connect them with internships so that they can cultivate their future.

My Most Interesting College Experience:

The most interesting part of my college experience has been finding myself and discovering my purpose. It has been odd, but also very intriguing to find out how much of me I didn’t know. I unlocked the potential in me that every single person has within them and this has made me realize my goal is to help people find their calling and purpose and to unlock that potential.

Three things I want to do in life are …

A. Have enough to give.

B. Have a positive impact on the world.

C. Be an inspiration to the youth and be a role model that testifies to the meaning of anything is possible.

Sarah Chaaban

A Little About Me:

I started my high school experience at American High School in Fremont, California, but got my diploma from a continuation school called Vista Alternative. I made this transition because although I always had a passion for education, I lost my focus for a few years; this left me so off track that the only way I could graduate high school on time was to complete almost two years of high school in one year through a continuation school, and so that is what I did.  Skyline is the third community college I have attended and by far the only one that really captured my inherent yearning for education. I have maintained a high GPA, kept myself on the Dean’s List every semester since I started here and have gained the academic support of many professors and administrators on campus.

Once I realized that education was my calling, I began getting more involved at Skyline. I volunteered for Rock the School Bells, joined the Honors Club and registered for the Honors Transfer Program; through the Honors Transfer Program, I engaged in a contract to engage in a yearlong research project on the formation of subcultures, which I will be presenting at the next Honors Symposium at Stanford. I have also taken on Learning Assistant positions for the Summer Scholars Institute here at Skyline, as well as Supplemental Instruction Leader positions in the History and English departments. I could not be more excited about the opportunity to be an Academic Coach, as it means that I can share all of the things that have allowed me to become so successful here at Skyline with all of my peers!

Future Plans:

I have applied to a few universities and am beyond excited to find out where I will be transferring to in the coming Fall! Once I get my BA, my great hope is to go through the History of Consciousness graduate program at UC Santa Cruz. After that, I would absolutely love to come back to Skyline as a History professor. I truly believe the way that I am personally going to impact and hopefully improve society is through education, starting now!

My Most Interesting College Experience:

Undoubtedly, my most rewarding college experience has been my work as a Supplemental Instruction Leader: working closely with students and sharing all of my acquired skills and knowledge, while watching them develop theirs has been invaluable to me. I cannot explain how much I have learned from my fellow Skyline students, as well as the professors and Learning Center staff. I have strong sentiments that academic coaching is not only going to allow me to continue my work of helping others through education, but also that I am going to learn so much through working with students!

Three things I want to do in life are …

Become a college professor

Travel the world

Inspire those who have inspired me

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