Thursday, February 25, 2010
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     JANUARY 25, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:        STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHRISY ALCARAZ (626)-422-2544

 

Azusa Resident Serves as Official Student Host of Citrus College
by Rachel White

 

Azusa resident Chrisy Alcaraz is currently serving as a Citrus College Student Ambassador.

 

The 20-year-old theatre arts/communications major joins eight other students who have been serving in this elite position since the start of the fall 2009 semester.

 

“The Citrus College Student Ambassador Program is comprised of a select group of knowledgeable, motivated and enthusiastic students with specialized skills who work together as a team to represent Citrus College in a variety of activities,” said Ivon McCraven, coordinator of the Student Ambassador Program.

 

“One of the my goals is to represent the college to the best of my ability and provide prospective students with a positive impression of Citrus College,” Alcaraz said.  “My second goal as a student ambassador is to make certain that every student knows that obtaining a higher education is a possibility even though there might be many obstacles hindering them.  I share with students the resources Citrus offers that have allowed me to overcome educational and economic disadvantages.”

 

Alcaraz’s role as a student ambassador includes escorting students on campus tours, staffing booths at college fairs, speaking at local high schools, and representing Citrus College at community events.

 

“I think the wonderful thing about every student ambassador is that we are approachable,” Alcaraz said.  “Students seem to feel more comfortable talking to another student.  I understand the pressures of life as a full-time student working two jobs and I believe through my educational experiences I can reach out to students who face similar challenges.”

 

Alcaraz said she chose to attend Citrus College because it was more affordable than attending a four-year university and it was close to home.

 

“I was satisfied with my decision because of the reputation of the music and theatre departments,” Alcaraz said.  “Citrus has given me the opportunity to pursue my goal of obtaining a higher education and I have become a better singer and student because of it.”

 

She credits much of her college success with the support she receives on campus.

 

“I appreciate all of the professors and staff who truly go the extra mile to help students,” Alcaraz said.  “When I struggled with math, I was able to get free tutoring.  When I needed to get a job so I could purchase my first car, I was given help from student employment services.  If I ever needed extra assistance with a research paper, my professors made themselves available and the librarians were always willing to lend a helping hand.”

 

Alcaraz is enrolled in the Honors Program, is a member of the Latina Leadership Network, and serves as a student director for Women’s Ensemble.  She is running for Miss Azusa next month.  She also plans on transferring to a four-year university and pursuing a career in acting and/or broadcasting.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     JANUARY 25, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:        STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHRISY ALCARAZ (626)-422-2544