Alondra M. Bocanegra Guerrero is a 2021 graduate from Independence, Oregon. She is an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major, with a minor in English to Speakers of Other Languages.
What has your experience been like as a first-generation student?
It has definitely been beyond challenging to navigate through this process all by myself, but I have found support systems/programs/people such as SEP, MSSP, the On-Track Program, and BTS that got me through it all. Thank you to my amazing advisors, Luanne Carrillo-Avalos and Alicia Monrroy who have been supporting me for the last six years!
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
My advice for current and prospective students is to not miss classes! Find a motivation system that works for you and keeps you going, but definitely show up.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your time at WOU?
The biggest lesson I learned throughout my time at WOU is to take care of myself and to reach out for help when I need it.
What was your most visited spot on campus? Why?
The Hamersly Library was my spot to be and get homework done. There are three levels, so depending on how I was feeling, I would either stay on the chatty first floor or go up a floor to focus a bit more, or definitely the third floor if I needed to study for a test.
Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
After five years at WOU, I still don’t know building acronyms!
Who stands out from your time at WOU and why?
Dra. Kristen and Dra. Jessica, I will forever be thankful for having you both in my life! These amazing professors have gone beyond what is expected of them to support me throughout the education program. Thank you so much; I appreciate you both so much!
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
My biggest accomplishment in college has definitely been getting through it all while raising my daughter.
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I will enjoy summer with my family! Then, I will be working for Saint Vincent Elementary School alongside Principal Angelica Gloria, who took me under her wing after I graduated from high school six years ago!