Student Features

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From students to scientists: Paid research experience for STEM

For science, technology, engineering and math majors at Citrus College, finding an opportunity to gain experience and earn a stipend may be only an application away. Project director Marianne Smith, Ph.D., provides STEM students with research opportunities in a real-world work environment through the Summer Research Experience program. “We developed this program so we could…

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Studying on an empty stomach

Food insecurity is a scary reality for some higher education students. The stigma surrounding food insecurity often makes it difficult to discover how many students are paying the price of choosing education over having enough money to eat. According to Feeding America, a non-profit organization of a nationwide network of food banks, an estimated that…

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One tough mother

A mother will do anything to support. Sometimes that means changing direction and going back to school. U.S. Army veteran and Citrus College alumna, Elizabeth Saucedo did just that. Saucedo, who served in the Army from 2007 to 2010, is the epitome of a hardworking mother. Saucedo will be delivering her keynote speech at the…

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Finding the strength for change

It is never too late to change direction in life. U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Citrus College alumnus Baron Cheng is proof of this. Cheng will be delivering a keynote speech on Nov. 5 at the 10th annual “Saluting Our Veterans” ceremony in the Campus Center Mall. In his 20s, Cheng began to realize that…

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Pushing through life’s obstacles

Students who are faced with unexpected and difficult life-changing events often think they have no other choice but to leave school. But for Citrus College honors student Nicole Wassef, 24, nothing could stop her from getting an education. Wassef, who is double majoring in philosophy and neuroscience, said  she has always wanted to be a…

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‘Hair raising’ Halloween hair styles

Two creative worlds collided at the Halloween Hair Show showcase hosted by the Cosmetology Club on Oct. 29. With the energetic acting of models, fantasy and horror characters created by the cosmetology club came to life at the campus center. The showcase featured three categories, fantasy, horror and fantasy/horror hair and make up, all created…

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All tangled up in spooky hair styles

Expect creatures with extravagant hairstyles and exotic makeup on the fashion runway during cosmetology’s annual Halloween Hairshow. Student designers will be working with models in two categories:  fantasy and horror. “I really enjoy this program,” said Natalia Pryannik, 38, cosmetology student.  “They teach you a really strong foundation for cosmetology that you can use in…

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International student breaking barriers to learn

Beyond the language barrier, there is an inherent challenge for many international students when they arrive at Citrus College. The International Student Center aims to make the transition to American culture a pleasant one. Citrus College began its acceptance of international students in the 1960-1961 academic year, eventually opening the International Student Office in 1980…