Michelle Carlson

In the Spotlight

Class Level


Degree and Major

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences


Columbia, CA


1st year Rogers Scholar
America Reads Program tutor
Friday Night Live Mentor Advisor
AA Liberal Studies with Distinction 2005
Dean's List 2004
Student California Teachers Association
Columbia College Academic Achievement Center peer tutor
College Reading & Learning Association certificate

Why did you choose CSU Stanislaus?

CSU Stanislaus is renowned for its Teacher Education programs. After graduating from Columbia College with my AA, transferring to CSU Stanislaus was the next logical step for me. I find the commute from the foothills to be quite relaxing.

What advice would you give a prospective student?

Explore the possibilities and choose a subject you are passionate about. Set your goals high and work each day toward doing the next right thing. Don't focus too far into the future; it will be here before you know it. Stay in the moment as best as you can. Show up for class! Keep an open mind and do the groundwork necessary to achieve your dreams.

What has been your favorite academic or student life experience so far?

Becoming a scholarship recipient is an incredible experience. No other feeling can compare to the overwhelming rush of gratitude that comes when reading the words "You have been chosen." Wow! When I received notification of the Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship this was as far as I was able to read, then I burst into tears. My daughter read the rest of the letter to me. Later, at the Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship banquet dinner, I was able to meet John and June Rogers, President Shirvani, and many other respected faculty members from CSU Stanislaus, as well as the other Rogers Scholars. It is quite an honor to be included in such esteemed company.

What is your career objective?

To teach and motivate troubled teens

What clubs, sports, and activities have you participated in?

Currently I am an America Reads tutor at an elementary school in Turlock, where I read with third graders. I am also involved with a Friday Night Live youth group serving as a FNL Mentor Advisor. This program gets community-minded 10-12th graders to serve as mentors to 7-8th grade kids. FNL encourages teens to make healthy choices and have fun. Drug and alcohol prevention and role modeling are just a couple positive aspects of the program. I have also worked as a tutor at the Academic Achievement Center at Columbia College.

In my spare time I enjoy many things, ranging from a rousing game of paintball to a quiet hand of cribbage.

Who is your most influential personal and/or University mentor?

I found the encouragement from one instructor to be highly motivating. Dr. Stephen Routh, my Political Science teacher, not only ignited a passion for political science in me, but his faith in my ability as a student carried me when even I had my doubts. It is amazing what a few kind words can mean to a struggling student.