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Merced College Student of the Month

February 2011

Catalina Carpaia-Aguillon


Catalina Carpaia-Aguillon


Major:                           English

Interests:                       Helping others understand literature and improve their writing skills.

Future Goals:                Transfer to a CSU Sacramento, majoring in English

Nominating Instructor:  Michael Barba, English Professor  




Catalina Carapia-Aguillon has been selected as the Merced College Outstanding Student for the month of February.  Carapia-Arguillon was nominated by English Professor Michael Barba, who states, "What is most impressive about Catalina is her dedication to learning.  On her own and without prompting she delves into her major and reads literature and even theory on her own." 

She has been an exemplary student attaining a 4.0 GPA while tutoring other students.  Beyond the classroom, she has been a tutor and a supplemental instructor.  Showing her satisfaction in assisting others, Carapia-Aguillon states, "I derive a great sense of accomplishment in helping students."

"Professor Borba further states, "In her capacity as a tutor, she has excelled and she was a successful supplemental instructor for English 13, one of our more challenging courses."

Born in Merced, Carapia-Aguillon has lived in the area all her life.  In recent years her family moved to El Nido where her father was employed on a ranch.  She enrolled at Merced College during the fall 2008 semester.  Since her enrollment she has been highly committed to learning from her instructors and has excelled academically.  

She is enthusiastic about being a student at her local community college.  Capapia-Arguillon described her opportunities as a student by stating, "Merced College made my dream of higher education accessible.  The college was my best choice to continue my education because of its location and the financial aid programs offered."

Carapia-Aguillon's most rewarding experiences have been at the College's Tutorial Center as an English Tutor.  "I am very passionate about English and being able to make the subject accessible to students, even sparking  their interest in it, which has been very rewarding," she said.  "When I help students, I feel I am making an impact in their academic success while allowing me to perfect my own skills."

She plans to transfer to Sacramento State University in fall 2011 to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in English.  After completing her degree, she would like to enter the field of journalism writing for a newspaper or magazine.

"On the whole, I feel Merced College has had a strong impact on my academic career and enabled me to achieve growth on both a personal and academic level," she said.

Congratulations are extended to Catalina Carapia-Aguillon by the Merced College administration, faculty and staff in wishing her the best in her future educational endeavors.  Carapia-Aguillon will be honored at the upcoming Board of Trustees Meeting and be presented with a certificate, special parking pass and $50 check. 




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Last updated on 2-28-11 by Julie Clark