Katherine Perez

By December 7, 2018 Scholar Spotlight

Scholar Bio

Ever since I was at Mission Hills High School, I was fascinated by the human body; that, in turn, prompted me to be a successful student. Through a lot of hard work, I earned all As in my four years at MHHS. Additionally, I earned either a 4 or 5 on all 7 A.P. exams I took. Also, I became a Pathmaker Intern to guide my career choices. Currently, I am attending CSUSM; I am apart of the class of 2022. Unfortunately, I am undecided about my major. However, I am considering obtaining a degree in speech pathology; I just applied to the undergraduate program at CSUSM. Quite honestly, it brings me great satisfaction to see individuals of all ages improve their speech. Not only that, but I attended CSUSM because I want to be successful in life. I am motivated and inspired by all the sacrifices my parents have made; they help pay for my tuition, gas, bills, etc. I must work as hard as they do to give myself a bright future. Right now, my time is split between managing an internship, a job, and school. It is difficult, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

How the San Marcos Promise Impacted You

The San Marcos Promise has provided my life with the opportunity to attend CSUSM without a crippling financial burden. Instead of focusing all my effort into how I will pay for tuition, I can focus on my academic work and, thus, be a more successful student. Not only that, but the volunteer opportunities it allows me to participate in allow me to develop my interpersonal communication skills, gain insight into different careers, and become less introverted. Through these opportunities, I have been able to become a more confident young woman.

Something About You That is a Surprise

I am an intern at Palomar Medical Center. Not only has this given me valuable insight into a variety of healthcare professionals, but it has also given me a lot of hands on experience with patients. I have been able to provide care for patients, like bathing or dressing them, as well as witness emergency situations in action. For example, I once saw a female patient undergo cardiac arrest and, under the instruction of the CNA, I pressed the Code Blue button. Technically, interns aren't supposed to, but the circumstances of the situation demanded it. Also, I have seen various patients have strokes. I have also seen lots of trauma victims. Some of them include victims of car accidents, construction accidents, and violent crimes.

Scholarship Awarded

PACE Promise

Current School

CSU San Marcos

Current Major

I am currently undeclared, but I have applied to the speech pathology major.

Current Year

I'm a freshman. I'm a part of the Class of the 2022.

3 Traits that Define You:

  • Hardworking
  • Determined
  • Passionate

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