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Merced College Student of the Month

April 2004

Augustine Miranda


Major:                           Biological Sciences

Interests:                      Reading, art, and an appreciation of the natural beauty  
                                      of  California                                    

Future Goals:                Transfer to a four-year university to study biology with 
                                       emphasis on botany

Nominating Instructor:  Patricia Schade


     Mr. Augustine Miranda was selected as the outstanding student for the month of April 2004.  Mr. Miranda is a returning student who, after a brief stint in the working world, decided to take up his studies again in order to major in the biological sciences.  He is in his second semester at Merced College, carrying a load of some of the most difficult classes possible at Merced College, yet averaging an A in all of them.

     Augustine was born and raised in Merced.  He describes himself as someone with a passion for learning.  All throughout high school, and now college, he has tried to "extract all that he could from whatever was given to him."  He has broad interests that take him beyond his chosen major, including areas such as foreign language, reading, and art.

     Augustine's exceptional work has impressed several teachers of his, in spite of his status as relatively new student at Merced College.  His English 1A teacher Trish Schade, remarks that "it is students like Augie who...let us know there are sparks of thought being ignited and shared in class."  His calculus teacher, Bob Taniguchi, asserts that Augustine is carrying a "very strong A" in a course that routinely loses 60% of its students due to its difficulty.  Similarly, Bill Moldrup, his instructor for Philosophy 13, describes Augustine as "doing work comparable to upper-division university studies and doing it exceptionally well."

    Augustine's goals for the future include finishing his AS degree in a timely manner, then transferring to San Francisco State University to continue his studies in the biological sciences with an emphasis in botany.  His ultimate goal is to be instrumental in the preservation and protection of the natural beauty of California, his home state.            

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