May 26, 2024
Sheila Medina

Sheila Medina attended Stan State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in studio art. She was drawn to the subject matter preparation programs for future teachers, which also lead her enroll in the practicum course in the Communication Studies Department. Her work there was noticed by faculty member Joseph Carranza. 

“Not only is she active in her art major, but she has been outstanding as a student in communication studies,” Carranza said. “She has directly and positively impacted the program and student experiences. In her teacher preparation practicum course, she helps public speaking students with speaking anxiety, speech preparation, and delivery. She has facilitated a great team of consultants and brings great energy to our department.” 

In the art program, it was the guidance and mentorship of people like Associate Professor of Art Susan Stephenson who shaped Medina’s path.  

“She was very supportive of me and helped me grow as an artist,” Medina said. “Her feedback showed how much she cares about her students as she guides them in the right direction.” 

Medina’s journey was not without its share of challenges. Like many students, she said she faced the difficultly of balancing her education and personal life, and she’s learned from the experience.  

“Each semester had its own set of obstacles,” she said. “Sometimes it felt like too much was going on at once, but having a great support system by my side and remaining resilient has allowed me to look back and be happy to see how far I’ve come. The most powerful thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay when things don’t go to plan. Each small victory should be celebrated.”  

Medina sees herself nurturing the next generation as a high school art teacher and she looks forward to shining a light on their talent. 

“I want to give back to the future generations of our community,” Medina said. “Art is all around us.”  

#StanGrad File


Sheila Medina


Westley, CA


Bachelor of Arts in Art, with a concentration in studio art

What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?

“The memories that stand out to me the most are all the hours I put into my art assignments outside of class. Working with amazing friends during open studio hours made it fun, being able to bounce ideas off each other and watch as our creations happened. I also made memories in the study rooms with my friends laughing and trying to get homework done.”

Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?

“Susan Stephenson made my transition into the art program as smooth as possible. She was very supportive of me and helped me grow as an artist. I also want to give a very special shoutout to the Communication Studies Department who gave me great work experience and advice when I needed it the most.” 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“Some advice I would give would be that it’s okay to be scared. Channel your fear into exciting energy and put your best foot forward. Remember you’re doing great and surround yourself with good people and you’ll be alright.” 

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2024. Read more StanGrad profiles.