May 27, 2024
Desiree Ramirez

It’s hard to keep Desiree Ramirez down. Facing homelessness during her semester at Stan State, the loss of several family members and her own medical situations, she persisted with a positive spirit while studying for her degree in psychology at Stan State. 

“She handled a myriad of responsibilities with a can-do attitude and is an excellent team player while serving as our Psychology and Child Development student assistant,” said Stacey Foster, administrative support coordinator in the Psychology Department. “She possesses a strong dedication and work ethic. Even while experiencing an ongoing family emergency, she has remained focused and true to her academic commitment.”  

Ramirez’s determination, combined with support from faculty and staff at the University, have kept her focused on her future. 

“The one thing that kept me going was what I wanted in my career and future family,” she said. “The Stan State faculty and advisors were always there to help me, which I will always be grateful for. They are caring, intelligent, and understanding.” 
The knowledge she has gained goes beyond what is taught in the classroom.  

“This school gave me hope for my future and taught me never to give up.” 

Those lessons will serve her in her career, too, as she plans to pursue a master’s degree to become a school counselor so she can empower children. 

“I want to be the person who can help them through their struggles without the feeling of judgment,” she said. “Children are the future and I want to help guide them to be their best selves.” 

She plans to stay locally and improve life in the region, she said. She might also consider earning a doctorate. 

“The words ‘hardworking’ and ‘loyal’ are often thrown around,” Foster said. “But regarding Desiree Ramirez, those words ring true.” 

#StanGrad File


Desiree Ramirez 


Hollister, CA


Bachelor Degree of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in development psychology

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

“In my first semester, I met a friend named Celina and she is graduating with me this semester. She became a lifelong friend and someone I truly care about. I love our game nights and homework sessions in the honors building. I will always treasure being a student assistant for the Psychology and Child Development Department.” 

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

“Stacey Foster in the Psychology Department had the greatest impact on me. She wrote a letter of recommendation for me, and I was at a loss for words because I did not think someone could think so highly of me.  

She was there for me during my illness and my mother’s illness. I can always talk to her and joke as well. Stacey and Kim, who also works in the Psychology Department, will always have a place in my heart.” 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“Remember the reason you started and where you want to go because life is going to throw curve balls at you. It does not matter if you fall or get hit, what matters is how you respond and push forward. Remember, asking for help and making new connections is ok. Enjoy this chapter of your life, and don’t give up.” 

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.