Team 4 Scholars

Anticipation met with excitement or disappointment, bringing tears of joy or sadness, nevertheless we continued on. We have finally received our college decision letters along with their respective financial aid packages. 

During our first meeting of April, we had the opportunity to meet with guest speakers Carlos Bonilla, Product Development Manager, INTV Intellivision Entertainment, Video Game and Consumer Product Development Curriculum for Class of 2023, and Caecilia Gotama, Founder and CEO, BRDG Bridge to Connect social non-profit organization that provides a bridge program for first generation STEM college students. Carlos had a great story to share about his underdog success story in which he beat the odds and came back to give back to those in need. To ensure our prosperity in college, we had Caecilia Gotama talk to us on how to network and build our soft-skills by joining extracurriculars. However, before we can do well in college, we must first choose one.

A major factor for many of us scholars is the cost of attendance for college. AISS planned a special presentation for us during Spring Break. Seth Brecher and Jake Duval from the Edmit team walked us through how to use their website to compare our financial aid packages. 

As the S.I.R. the deadline stands at the dawn of May. We were given an idea of what to expect at college from guest speakers Marcos Ortega, Biochemistry Professor, and Tatiana Pedroza, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs from the CSU Fullerton College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. They covered some important aspects in order to succeed like attending our professors’ office hours to not only get our questions answered, but also get to know our professors. They really emphasized utilizing the resources given to us and to seek out opportunities rather than waiting for them to come to us. To clear things up, we scholars were able to ask our burning questions at the College Implementation Plan Panel (Ryan West, Rafael Ramirez, Peter Dillon, Ruth Beltran) about their college experiences. They all talked about their majors, which school they went to as well as why they chose those schools. This information was especially useful in helping us take into account the different characteristics of each college. All that's left is making the very important decision which college we will attend.

Though this senior year has not been what most of us hoped for, we made the most of it. What others saw as a setback, we saw opportunity, whether it be to work to better ourselves or just help out the family. There may be even more uncertainties yet to come, but tough times breed strong people and after this year, we might as well consider ourselves superheroes.


Scholar Spotlight

I am currently part of the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies’ College to Career Readiness STEM Program. I will be graduating Class of 2021. I’ve been in this program in order to interact with more professionals in STEM fields and get a better understanding of the college application and preparation process. I enjoy learning new things as I do in this program. 

Designing my own floor plan for different houses has always been on my mind since I was a little girl. I was always drawing my own imaginary houses, whether it was a one-story house or two-story house. This hobby led my inspiration to the engineering world, where you get to be creative in different ways. I am currently interested in pursuing a career in structural engineering or architectural engineering. I want to do something that gets me moving and that ensures that I won’t be standing for too long in one place. 

 I am currently a runner at Segerstrom High School. I do sports all year round and love to be active. I enjoy all of my races as I feel the pain of hard work and dedication afterward. The adrenaline of each race is what keeps me going. Being able to cross the finish line at the end is what I live for. I am part of a three-year engineering course at school called, Project Lead the Way. From this course, my love for CAD Computer Aided Design formed and I now know I want to include this in my future job. This course has helped me immensely forming my teamwork skills, communication skills, and time-management skills. I am bilingual in Spanish and will soon be obtaining my Seal of Biliteracy from the state of California on my diploma. Also, if you want me to bake something I will as I love to bake. I am also involved with Girls Inc. and I will be attending their G3: Generation Giga Girls program in data analytics this upcoming summer. I have completed a workshop with Youth Employment Skills for job readiness to help with interviewing skills. Now more than ever I am ready for a job interview.


Alumni Spotlight

My name is Brenda Bermudez. I am an AISS and Saddleback High School almuna from the class of 2015. I attended the University of California Irvine and graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. During college, I returned to help AISS students and also worked for a non-profit called the Nicholas Academic Centers. In working with AISS and NAC, my love for teaching math and helping my community grew exponentially. Upon graduating, I had my heart set on becoming a teacher and helping students with disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dreams. Several exams and essay drafts later, I found myself trading the "zot! zot! zot!" hand gesture for a "Fight On!" peace sign. I attended the University of Southern California, where I got a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a teaching credential in single subject Mathematics. I graduated from USC in December 2019. I am currently in my first year teaching. I teach Math at Buena Park High School, where I work with a student population similar to that of my hometown in Santa Ana. It has been an interesting year to start teaching, to say the least, but it has provided me with many learning opportunities on how to better help and meet the needs of my students.                  
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