Team member Lizbeth Salmeron talks about her experience with AISS this month: “ The anticipation of learning about college acceptances was causing me uncertainty. Over the last few days, I learned my hard work paid off based on the colleges that accepted me. I honestly didn’t have much confidence in myself that I was going to get into them. The next step is looking at the financial aspect. AISS really helped me focus on comparing each college and learning the ‘rule of thumb for student loans,’ important in deciding how much debt I can afford to pay after graduation.”
One of Team 4's favorite guest speakers would have to be Dr. Yaron Zoller, a Lecturer on Organizations and Strategic Management of the Business Scholars program at the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his third workshop with us, he shared research showing how Stress can be a good thing. We also enjoyed a Team-Building workshop led by Dr. Marcos Ortega, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, California State University, Fullerton.
All AISS Scholars have been learning the importance of choosing the right college for them weighing factors such as environment, financial aid, and major. We met with our Edwards Lifesciences mentors via Emmy Solorzano, Change Management Coordinator and Cynthia Ong, the HOLA Program Facilitator and Research Scientist. HOLA’s vision is to enhance the talent of all employees to increase leadership impact to Edwards and to the local Hispanic community. During the general session, we presented our AISS Scholar Vision Boards and Top 3 College acceptances. Making these helped organize our thoughts and concerns about which campus would be the best fit environment and financial wise. In Breakout Rooms, we had a Q&A with our individual Edwards Lifesciences mentors. They gave us great advice on college decisions, college life, and dealing with stress during college. We felt a sense of relief afterward because we gained a new perspective on the college experience.
With the May 1st SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) deadline looming, all of us are weighing our options on which college we will decide to attend. Wilton Phung is thinking about UC Riverside. Lizbeth Salmeron has her eyes set on Boston University. Elena Lopez is hoping to attend UCI or UCLA. Melanie Zepeda is looking at UC Davis and Cal Poly SLO. Although we are unsure of where exactly we want to attend, we are all looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. We are excited to begin our college journey and work towards our dream STEM careers.