We’re often occupied in the “next things” we need to do. That’s a natural byproduct of a semester system--we have to get busy laying the groundwork for the next semester before we finish the one we’re in. Sometimes, though, the pressure to get started on the next “what” means that we don’t get to sit down for a quiet minute or two and just contemplate our “why.”
Let’s do that right now.
I thought we’d start with the story of one of our Bengals: Cecelia Magallon. She, and every student she represents, is our why.
Cecelia, or Cece, as we have come to know her, was born and raised in Jerome, Idaho, and graduated from Jerome High School in 2016. Like many of our Idaho State students, CeCe was a first generation student, which means that neither of her parents had completed a college degree, but they were completely behind Cecelia as she began this undertaking.
As the middle of five daughters, CeCe also had two older sisters to look up to and who influenced her pursuit of a degree. When she graduated high school, an older sister, Jenny, encouraged CeCe to follow in her footsteps by applying to Idaho State, and CeCe credits her sister’s support with helping her through the start of her own academic journey.
Initially, that journey was not easy. CeCe felt lost and underprepared when she first came to ISU. She says that she struggled in that first year because she didn’t know about all the resources that were available for her and that she wasn’t using them to her advantage. In her first year, it was Jenny’s presence that provided critical support as CeCe struggled to find her own ways to be involved and to meet people.
CeCe was determined to make her second year an entirely different experience by getting involved. She applied for and became an Idaho State Ambassador with the Admissions office. Our Ambassadors are students who provide a friendly peer introduction to campus and college. Being an Admissions Ambassador helped CeCe meet new people, opened her eyes to the resources that are available to students, and gave her a way to contribute. She loved meeting students who might be in the same situation that she was and helping them make that transition from high school to college.
Recently, CeCe was hired as an ISU Admissions Advisor/Recruiter. Her first assignment in this position is to help get some of ISU’s informational and promotional materials translated into Spanish. CeCe says she is jazzed about this project because it will help many Spanish-speaking families like her own. As an Admissions Advisor, CeCe’s territory for the 2021-2022 school year will be the Magic Valley, which she finds exciting because that was her home and she is eager to help students like herself find a college home at ISU. Remembering her own experience, CeCe is especially motivated to help other students who may feel lost or unprepared for college.
We asked CeCe about the people who have supported her academic dreams, who have inspired her through the tough times, and she didn’t miss a beat: “Overall, my family is my biggest inspiration. I want all the sacrifices that my parents went through to be worth it and to make them proud.”
CeCe is making us, her Bengal family, proud. I have no doubt that her family shares that pride!
Roar, Bengals, Roar!
Vice President for Student Affairs
and Enrollment Management