March 2018 Student of the Month
Miriam Lopez Diaz was born in Mexico, came to the United States as a child and is now pursuing her dream of earning an AAT in Psychology here at Merced College. She plans to transfer to UC Merced in the Fall of 2018 to continue her education. She eventually wants to earn either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D.
Miriam is involved in a number of activities around campus including participating in ASMC and the Psychology Club. She says she has “developed relationships with faculty, students and members of other organizations associated with Merced College that have provided opportunities for valuable, unique experiences” that enhance her academic life. She believes that this could not have happened anywhere but Merced College. Some of the activities that she has been involved are the “100 Thanksgiving Turkeys” project with Professor Lucey in the fall of 2017 and volunteering at the Valley Crisis Center. She is also Vice President of the Psychology Club.
She credits the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) for the chance to return to school as a young adult. This act has made college available for many of our Merced College students.
She works with Professor Pierce at a faith-based counseling organization as she gains experience in her chosen field. Professor Pierce says she “applies theory to real-life situations…and integrates ostensibly unrelated concepts to formulate novel hypotheses.” This ability led to her invitation to work at the counseling organization where she assists Professor Pierce. He also says that she serves as an inspiration to other students and that they often choose to join the study groups she initiates. She also provides observations and questions that stimulate class discussion.
Congratulations to Miriam as she pursues her dreams both here at Merced College and as she moves forward with her educational goals.