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Meet Lauren Fidel
What a difference a year makes.
Lauren Fidel was unsure of her future upon graduating from San Dieguito Academy in June of 2012, so she opted to enroll at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus while parsing through her options.
“The San Elijo Campus is literally five minutes from my house, and I wasn’t ready to move away yet,” Lauren said. “I was still trying to figure out what to do with my life, and this was a good way to go to college and save money.”
She got more than she bargained for. At the San Elijo Campus, Lauren found a school with a small town feel and caring professors. She found a close circle of friends who cared. And she found her calling.
Lauren plans to transfer to Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego next fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in education before moving onto Southern Oregon University to secure a master’s degree. Then she plans on becoming an elementary school teacher, starting off her career in special education.
Meanwhile, she’ll continue to serve as a MiraCosta College student ambassador responsible for leading high school tours of the San Elijo Campus and visiting San Dieguito Academy to talk to students about college life.
Lauren is Exhibit A for the benefits of a solid community college system such as MiraCosta.
“It’s a great bridge college where you could figure out what you want to do while getting a great education,” she said, adding that the San Elijo campus, tucked away near the northern shore of the San Elijo Lagoon, has been a godsend.
“The school is awesome,” she said. “It’s super small, so you can’t get lost. And it’s very down to earth. You make friends everywhere.”
Lauren said she settled on a career after taking a career and life planning class that required researching several professions. One of them was education. It didn’t take long for her to be sold. Her plans call for Lauren to volunteer at Encinitas elementary schools this fall to gain experience and a better idea of the challenges teachers must face daily.
She says enrolling at the San Elijo Campus was one of the best moves she’s made.
“I’m at MiraCosta more than I’m at my house because I have so many friends,” she said. “It’s my home away from home.”