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Grad Spotlight - Maria Tejada

Maria Tejada
By Greg MacDonald

July 07, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Maria TejadaMaria Tejada had her career plans all figured out. She envisioned being a business major and was planning to go through all of the required coursework to get her degree in the field.

And then she got involved on campus, specifically working with the DREAM Program.
Maria Tejada works an information table for DREAM“I realized that I love working with undocumented students,” the first-generation college student says. “Having found this out, I decided that I wanted to change my major, but I did not want to stall on graduating. I made the decision to take 20.5 units in one semester in order to finish strong.”

Maria did finish strong, earning straight As in all of those classes. That big push at the end of her journey at Mt. SAC played a part in getting her the choice of where she will be going next: USC
“It’s always been (one of) my dream schools “,” Maria says.


Mountie Joe GradAlthough we now complete the Grad Spotlights in the Newsroom this year, there are a great many more that were profiled each day throughout the month of June on Mt. SAC's social media channels (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
Read Gini Martinez's 25-year journey to a college degree that will now send her on to Pomona Pitzer
Learn how Grandpa always told Krystal Quinto that education=freedom and Krystal took that freedom and became very involved throughout campus

Maria Tejada speaks at a conferenceWhile in school at the next level, she will focus on a degree that will allow her to become a counselor who works with undocumented students. This new career path is something that opened up for Maria once she began to network all over campus.

Maria Tejada on campus“I have had many wonderful experiences at Mt. SAC,” she says. “I was part of the Honors Program, which I have loved. I also had the opportunity to be part of the IDEAS Club on campus. The biggest support I have received at Mt. SAC has come from the DREAM Program. I can really say that I have loved this whole journey.” #MtSACgrads2020