Marlen Meza is making the most out of her experience at Stan State. She has learned that going to college is a time to grow and discover new things about yourself.
“During my time in college I’ve met so many great people that have impacted me and created long lasting effects on me personally,” she said. “The responsibilities, challenges and decisions you face during this point in your life will change who you are, but always for the better.”
She has been so impacted by her professors that she has decided to become a teacher. She said she wants to inspire, motivate and encourage adolescents during an important time in their lives. Additionally, taking what she has learned from her professors at Stan State, she wants to decrease the challenges some students encounter when they are learning math and help other students succeed.
According to her, the hardest part about attending Stan State has been moving away from home.
“The familiarity of a small town is intimidating and challenging. Attending Stan State meant I would have to develop financial independence and find my own way in a new town,” Meza said.
While pursuing her degree, she dedicated herself to her studies, and her hard work paid off.
“I’m extremely grateful for my scholarships and my job as a Peer Tutor Mentor at the Learning Commons,” she said.
Her scholarships and her job have helped her to succeed. The community of coworkers and classmates at Stan State has given her a sense of independence and helped her feel comfortable in a new town.
Next year, she will begin the credential program to become a high school mathematics teacher.
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Minor in Spanish
What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?
“Hanging out with friends after a stressful week of exams. A weekend out with people who understand your struggles and celebrate your successes is very much appreciated.”
Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?
“I always brag about the Math Department here at Stan State. The professors have contributed to creating a sense of community for math majors. I feel Dr. Bice, Dr. Jue, Dr. De Silva and Professor Hoover have had a significant impact on me. These professors have taught me that no one is expecting us to do it all on our own. There are so many people genuinely willing to help you succeed. I am also beyond thankful for the opportunities and support they have provided when I’ve needed them the most.”
What advice would you give to current and future students?
“Find your community; get involved on campus, talk to your classmates, attend office hours, utilize student resources. Make the most out of your time here and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
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.