December 2017 Student of the Month
LaToya Ford was born in San Jose but currently lives in Merced. She is a third semester student who is studying English and wants to become a teacher. She says that she has “been so fortunate to be a student where resources that contribute to success are exceptionally abundant.” But LaToya has also made an effort to use these resources wisely, both where it helps her and where it helps others. She not only gives back to her community by working with a non-profit organization that helps others, she also talked Dr. Coburn into holding a review session the evening before her mid-term test.
Dr. Coburn, her nominating professor, said that he was pleasantly surprised that more than half his class attended. Because scores on the exam were higher after the study session, he now holds study sessions the night before every exam. Thank you, LaToya, for helping fellow students in such a positive way.
LaToya also works for DSPS as a note taker and she freely made her personal notes available to students in Dr. Coburn’s BIOL 1 class. She even gave permission to the International Students Office to copy and distribute these notes to other students who may need them.
When Dr. Coburn said Latoya reflects “the attributes sought in our students of the month” and that he was honored to submit her name, the Student of the Month Committee also agreed!