May 22, 2023
Irlanda Vela

Although she spent part of her Stan State years studying remotely after transferring, Irlanda Vela made the most of her time on campus. 

The Waterford product joined Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, participated in Campus Corps and Associated Students, Inc. Student Government. She also served an internship with the City of Turlock. 

“Irlanda is very hard working,” said Maria Marquez Mendoza, interim ASI student government assistant. “She made sure to work diligently and stayed focused no matter in what area she was involved on campus. 

“She wanted to make sure she was approachable to help other students and inform them about the different campus resources Stan State had to offer. “ 

Connecting with people is what Vela has planned. 

She plans to use her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration to work in human resources. Her dream job is to become a recruiter. 

Her education, she said, prepared her for that. 

“The most powerful thing I learned is to ask questions,” Vela said. “You never know what opportunities can be offered to you if you are curious.” 

Or what other people may have to offer. 

Someday, she said, she’d like to find a way to give back to future students, just as she gave to them while one of their peers. 

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Irlanda Vela 


Waterford, CA


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources 

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

“The memory that stands out the most for me is joining Phi Sigma Sigma sorority where I was able to connect and make amazing friends after a long year of online classes due to COVID. I will forever cherish and remember the people I met and the memories we created.” 

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

“I came to Stanislaus State as a transfer student who wanted to be involved on campus but did not know where to start. I decided to join the ASI Student Government First Year Leadership Program (FLEx), which is where I met Maria Marquez. She guided and mentored me through the program where I learned valuable skills that I will take with me.” 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“Use your resources! I am thankful to be part of a campus that tries its best to provide high quality programs and resources for its students. I would also say to get involved in a student organization or club. It’s a great way to network with students who are passionate about their education.” 

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2023. Read more StanGrad profiles.