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Senior spotlight: Kaila Vasconez shares her thoughts on graduating

Sonoma State University is one week away from finals before wrapping up the first semester and sending students on break. Kaila Vasconez, fourth-year, psychology major, reflects on her journey at SSU and shares how she feels about graduating in Spring.
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Kaila Vasconez

Q: Reflecting on your time at Sonoma State, what are some of the most memorable experiences or lessons you’ve gained throughout your academic journey?
A: Reflecting on my time at Sonoma State, I could not be more thankful for the wonderful friendships I have made. Some of the most memorable experiences I have had during my college career have been during my time in Alpha Xi Delta. I have gained lots of experience in the workplace and great communication skills.
Q: As a senior approaching graduation in the spring, how do you feel about reaching this milestone, and what emotions or thoughts come to mind when you think about the end of this chapter in your life?
A: I feel both excited and nervous about finishing up my college experience. It’s very nerve-wracking that I am officially an adult and need to get a big girl job. But, nonetheless, I am so eager to see what I can accomplish.
Q: Looking back on your academic and personal growth, are there specific achievements or challenges that stand out to you? How have these shaped your overall col- lege experience?
A: Looking back at my achievements over the past four years, one that sticks out to me is being president of my so- rority. Taking this position was so out of my comfort zone but I could not be more grateful for all of the great lessons it has taught me. This has shaped my overall college expe-
rience in such a positive way, and I believe it has given me great life skills.
Q: With the first semester almost over, can you share some highlights from your final year, both academically and personally? Are there any particular moments that you will cherish as you approach graduation?
A: Some highlights from my final year, I am proud that I will be ending this semester with all A’s. As someone who struggled significantly in high school academically, this is such a big accomplishment for me. I will forever cherish the fun memories I have had with my coworkers at my job, Disability Services. They are some of the best people I have ever met and have made such an everlasting impact on me.
Q: As you prepare to graduate, do you have any spe- cific plans or aspirations for the future? Are there particular career paths, further education, or personal goals that you’re excited about pursuing after completing your de- gree?
A: After graduation, I plan on moving out of state and traveling the world. After that, I want to get my master’s in nutrition and become a Registered Dietitian for children with Type 1 Diabetes.

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Lily Folz, Opinion Editor
Lily Folz is a fourth-year Communication major.
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