Counselor Spotlight: Abdimalik Buul

If you’re looking for Abdimalik Buul at Southwestern College, you might find him in his counselor’s office helping a student figure out their major or a certificate program. You may find him inside a classroom teaching a Personal Development class for the Umoja (formerly The Exponential Learning Academy) African-American learning community.

Alumni Spotlight: Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas inside Chula Vista City Hall.
Before Mary Casillas Salas ever walked through the halls of the California State Capitol as an assembly member, before she became the first Latina to serve on the Chula Vista city council and before she was ever elected to her current position as the first Latina mayor of the City of the Chula Vista in 2014, Salas was a student at Southwestern College.

3D Printing Provides ‘Endless Possibilities’

Engineering major Giselle Romo with a MakerBot 3D printer and a few of the objects she created.
Inside the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Southwestern College, Giselle Romo is spending a summer afternoon browsing files and renderings on her laptop of all the different things she can make with one of the program’s 3D printers. There’s a Stormtrooper figure,...

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...