5 Things to Do Before Fall Semester

5 Things to Do Before the Fall Semester
If you’re enjoying a summer off, we know that school might not be at the top of your list of things to think about right now. But between your Netflix binges and your days at the beach, make a little time to get prepared and ready for the fall semester at Southwestern College. There’s a lot to do, but we broke down five things we think will help you get on the right track.

Former gang member graduates Southwestern College with full-ride scholarship to UC San Diego

Steve Whiting has left a life of gang activity and jail behind and will graduate Southwestern College on Friday, May 26. He transfer to U.C. San Diego with a full-ride scholarship.
From age 15 to 20, Whiting spent many years in and out of prison and jail. He did half a year in juvenile hall, half a year in county, a year in the penitentiary, and so on and so forth. He served time for a slew of different charges from assault, to robbery, to gang activity.

Ivonne Meza’s EOPS End-of-the-Year Recognition Ceremony Speech

I would like to start off by saying how proud I am of each and every one of you here today. I am proud of all your individual achievements that are being celebrated this evening. Despite the fact that it was our own blood, sweat, and tears on those homework assignments, essays, and tests, and it will be our name on the certificates we will be receiving at the end of this semester, we have to admit that we couldn’t have done it on our own.

Mona Dibas’ UNITED movement finds strength and love through diversity

Like many throughout the country, the day after last year’s presidential election was a difficult one for Associated Student Organization President Mona Dibas. As a Muslim and a woman, she was someone who felt targeted by the us-versus-them rhetoric and the sexism that was so prevalent throughout the election season, and that has continued into the new presidential administration

My journey as a mother, wife and student

Two years ago, my passion for my 20-year career in real estate was slowly fading, and I was considering making some bold and big changes. I knew for sure that I loved public speaking and organizing/planning, so I thought about going back to school and finishing my degree in communications. However, how do you explain to your husband that you’re leaving a solid career to go to school full time with two young children to support and bills to pay? After a week of contemplating what to say, I finally had the nerve to sit down with him and talk. After he listened to my detailed plans, asked a lot of questions, he cautiously said yes.

Travel the world or finish your degree, musician Nick Lopez didn’t have to choose

Southwestern College alumnus Nick Lopez, left, with his former music professor and mentor Dr. Jorge Pastrana.
Nick Lopez began his career as a college student at Southwestern College the traditional way. It was 2011, he had just graduated high school and he decided to major in music. He would park his car, walk along Jaguar Walk and head to his...

Muslim Student Association Celebrates World Hijab Day

Muslim Student Association president Nada Dibas dawns one of her personal hijabs on Nina Harris, a non-Muslim student, in honor of World Hijab Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Nada Dibas had just finished wrapping a hijab with white and red flowers on Nina Harris, a non-Muslim student, when she smiled at her and said, “you look so beautiful.” It wasn’t a sign of disrespect or appropriation. On the contrary, Harris was proudly wearing...

Spring Semester Begins at Southwestern College

More than 17,000 students walked onto Southwestern College on Monday and Tuesday to officially kick off the spring 2017 semester. They were welcomed by college employees throughout campus and by the Associated Student Organization, who hosted activites all week long for new and returning...

FAFSA Fridays Return to Southwestern College

If you’ve opened up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have stared at your computer screen with “umms” and head scratches, if you’re unsure where to begin or if you want to double check if it’s filled out correctly, mark your...