Student Body President
From being someone who was ready to quit school to becoming student body president,
May Ochoa sure has come a long way in a short time. Now a psychology major and the Associated
Students President, May has the potential to do great things, and she credits a lot
of that to the support and help she has received at Mt. SAC.
“At one time, I thought the possibilities of going to college were zero,” says May, who dropped out of high school and later went to continuation school before enrolling at Mt. SAC. An undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was 4, May had resigned herself to getting any type of job she could instead of going to college.
“I didn’t see the point of bettering myself,” she said. “I just gave up and stopped going to school for a time.”
But when she did return to high school, a chance meeting with Mt. SAC’s High School Outreach team made a huge impression on her and presented community college as a viable option for her.
“That meeting changed my life,” reflects May, a California Dream Act student. “I saw that there was hope for me to go to college and achieve my goals.”
May enrolled at Mt. SAC in fall 2011 and immediately took advantage of the services designed to help students who were the first in their families to attend college. She got help from the Counseling Department and participated in the Bridge Program, a cohort program designed to help “first-in-family” students transition to college.
“The people at Mt. SAC really do care about you and about helping you achieve your goals,” she said.
Then she gradually became involved with student government and wound up being elected the Associated Students President for 2013-14 in a landslide victory. May plans to graduate from Mt. SAC in 2015 and continue her studies at UCLA as a psychology major.
And if anyone is undecided about going to college or thinking about quitting school, May has this sage advice: “I’d tell them to come to Mt. SAC. You won’t regret it.”