Celena Robinson


Bio-engineering major Celena Robinson was chosen from among thousands of students at 112 community colleges throughout the state for the All-California Academic Team award given by the Phi Theta Kappa Society. Celena, who holds a 3.94 GPA, was nominated by MiraCosta College and then selected by the California Community College league based on her top scholastics and community service. She recently traveled to Sacramento where she was one of 68 students who won medallions of honor and were named the best of 2.9 million students enrolled in community colleges across the state.

Celena says her favorite class is physics because she likes learning about the way the world works. “After you take a Physics class, you find yourself thinking about the mechanics and forces involved in everyday activities like driving to work and taking a sharp turn on your bike. I think that’s what’s so great about it--you can find physics in everything.”

Math and science have always fascinated Celena, who dreams of becoming a neurologist and finding cures for Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases.  She volunteers at Palomar Medical Center and a care facility for seniors. Despite her tight schedule, Celena travels weekly to the retirement community, located miles away in a desert town.

“What keeps me coming back week after week, is knowing that I'm making a difference in someone’s life.”