Meet Camille Ann Espiritu
Major/Certificate: Marketing/ Received Associates Degree
Class Of: Skyline Summer 2012
Transfer Goal: Transferred to University of San Francisco to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing
Why did you choose Skyline College?
I attended Skyline College for two summers during my time at El Camino High School because going to Skyline meant a better transition in college for me. Also, Skyline provided all of the general education courses I needed to take in order to transfer so I didn’t have to commute from one college to another.
How are you involved at Skyline College?
I was the Chapter President for the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the Environmental Club, and a member of the Skyline Leadership Academy.
What have you enjoyed most about your Skyline College experience?
What I enjoyed the most was meeting new people. I have continued to keep in touch with the people whom I met during my time at Skyline College even though we all transferred to different universities. Skyline College embraced me into this great community that has a diverse student body where students have many of the same academic goals. I created many memories with my group of friends at Skyline College that I’ll take with me to the University of San Francisco. I wouldn’t have changed my experience at Skyline College for anything.
How has Skyline College prepared you to achieve your academic goals?
It provided the necessary tools and services that I needed to successfully transfer. They had supportive staff that helped me along the way of transferring and graduating with an Associate’s degree. I have never met any other staff and faculty more supportive and friendly than the ones at Skyline College.
What resources/services have supported you during your Skyline College experience?
The counselors at Skyline make sure that you are on the right track towards your academic goals whether it be transferring, getting a job, or graduating from Skyline College. I found the counselors helpful, and the Academic Center, Transfer Center, and the The Learning Center extremely useful as well. The Transfer Center opened my eyes to different universities that I haven’t heard much about, and it also prepared me for the application process. In addition, the The Learning Center had tools such as the computers and tutors that I used when it came time to work on that major assignment or paper.
What are your fondest memories about being about a part of Skyline College?
My fondest memories would have to be being a part of the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter. The Chapter truly stood for what Skyline College is about and that’s diversity! It’s about a community of people coming together and accomplishing the impossible! I got to share memories with people who I can call life-long friends. We had the chance to showcase our hard work through research papers and major projects at conventions that took place in historic places such as Nashville. I am truly thankful and blessed to have been a part of the Skyline College family and the Beta Theta Omicron family.
What advice do you have for perspective Skyline College students?
Get involved! Don’t be afraid to join a club or an organization that pushes you past your comfort zone! Your college years are the time to grow and find out who you really are. It’s the time to decide what kind of mark you want to leave in your community and to the rest of the world! You may even surprise yourself during the process. You may find out that you’re really into art or that you love taking photos. The possibilities are truly endless so instead of waiting for opportunities to come up, go find them and take them! Your experience at Skyline College is truly what you make of it!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself having my Bachelors and Masters in Marketing. I hope that by that time, I have an established career in marketing for corporate businesses, such as Disney, or working with different media whether it be with internet or television companies. Even though I was born and raised in the Bay Area, I hope that I can work and spend some time in Southern California and land a nice job in Los Angeles. Everything is still up in the air and I’m just going to keep working hard and praying for the best!
How have you chosen to give back to your college community?
I definitely still want to continue participating in Skyline College related functions whether it be fundraisers or events. Skyline College has opened many doors for me and has done so much for me that I want to continue to be a part of this wonderful community and represent Skyline College well during the rest of my academic career.
What is your fondest memory about serving as Skyline College’s 2012 Student Commencement Speaker?
It’s really hard to choose one specific memory so I would have to say the overall graduation ceremony was just truly unforgettable. I never felt so welcomed by crowd of people in my whole life and it was a blessing and an honor to represent the graduating class on the stage. I was such a nervous wreck before the Commencement Ceremony and I prayed that I wouldn’t stumble over my words during my speech. I felt that being the Student Commencement Speaker brought my Skyline College experience in a full circle. It was bittersweet standing on that stage and looking into the crowd of accomplished and proud faces and knowing that we were all moving on with our lives. Being the 2012 Student Commencement Speaker is truly an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life and it makes me proud to say that I will forever be a Skyline College Trojan.