Stacey - Class of 2020

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Soledad F. - Class of 2020

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University of California, Riverside

BA in Sociology, Law and Society

The biggest overall lesson I learned from my college experience is the importance of growth both academically and personally.

Being presented with new ideas, perspectives, and accepting your mistakes shapes the person you become.

Tell us about the highlights of this academic year 2020, or accomplishments.

The highlight of this academic year so far has been the opportunity to take multiple law courses which focus on different areas and topics that are prevalent today. Learning more about the justice system, how past cases were resolved, and how certain cases implemented helpful laws that are applied today has opened a new perspective and understanding of our current situation.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am interested and great at topics I didn’t even know existed. I am open to learning about new areas and fields even if I may think it is dull.

What was the greatest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it?
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

Explore the many opportunities and classes your college has to offer. Don’t settle on one major going into college because, trust me, there are so many interesting and wonderful things to learn about that will definitely change your perspective and character for the better.

The greatest challenge I faced was adapting to new curriculums every quarter. Being a first generation student, I did not start off college with the appropriate guidance and therefore I made many mistakes such as changing majors, failing classes, and having a hard time making friends.

However I was able to overcome this by preparing before every quarter, checking in and reaching out for help from my academic advisor, and becoming involved in school activities.

How did being a Bella Scholar contribute to the success of achieving your goals?

Knowing that someone is supporting you throughout your college journey makes you feel like you’re not alone and you dont just give up.

Now that you have graduated, have you formulated any new short term/ long term goals?

I want to be able to find a paid internship and apply to graduate school a year from now.

If you could go back in time 4 years ago, what would you tell your 18 year old self? If you could do-over, what would you do differently?

I would tell my 18 year old self to definitely reconsider going into college with a declared major.

I think I would have wanted someone to tell me that being undeclared is important in order to experiment and take many different classes in order to find what you are passionate about.

What were your proudest accomplishments or highlights from attending college?

Learning about contract law, tort law, and criminal law is definitely my proudest accomplishment

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