May 24, 2024
Kelly Costa

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Kelly Costa plans on working as a high school math teacher. 

“I hope to become a warm, welcoming teacher in future high school mathematics classrooms,” she said. “I hope that students leave feeling like they understand the content and had a great time while learning it.” 

Costa has always had a compassionate heart. She attended Stan State to honor her father, who also attended Stan State but was unable to complete his education. A first-generation college graduate, she said she wanted to bring pride to her family by completing her degree at the University where her father also attended. 

Joining clubs and making new friends enriched her overall experience. 

“I would not be as successful and prepared for my future if I did not get involved on campus,” Costa said. “Working on campus and being in organizations are a great way to make connections and build life skills you will need for the future.” 

Costa has acquired exceptional leadership skills and is dedicated to helping her community as an educator. According to Julie Anaya, Stan State’s coordinator for student organizations and fraternity/sorority life, Costa excelled as a multifaced leader, taking on responsibilities in her fraternity, Phi Mu, and the Bookworms club. Costa also held a position on the board of directors for the University Student Center. 

“Kelly’s involvement, leadership experience, academic achievements and dedication to community service all converge to paint a picture of a standout individual poised for success as a StanGrad,” Anaya said. “Her willingness to share her knowledge and skills with others highlights her altruistic nature and her belief in the transformative power of education.” 

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Kelly Costa 


Merced, CA


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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

“My most vivid memories of my time at Stanislaus State would have to be involvement in Phi Mu fraternity. Being in this organization gave me many opportunities, but my favorite was showing my school spirit by participating in Homecoming.” 

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

“Julie Anaya has played many roles in my life. She has been my organization advisor, my work supervisor, my confidant and my friend. I would not have the leadership skills and wisdom I have now without her influence.” 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“I would recommend making friends in your classes, especially those for your major. Classes become more fun and knowing your peers creates opportunities for study groups.” 

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.