Veteran Peer Advisors

Leopoldo Curiel (USN)

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Hello, my name is Leopoldo Curiel, and I commonly go by “Leo”. I am a native from Oceanside, CA where I graduated from Oceanside High School in June 2006. I joined the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in January 2006, and shipped out that November. I enlisted as a US Navy Nuke Electronics’ Technician and followed that path for six years. After the military, I continued my dream of higher education by attending MiraCosta College for my Engineering general education. My goal is to transfer in order to pursue my degrees in Nuclear (or Thermodynamics) Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In my down time I enjoy the simple things in life, and lending a helping hand when needed.

Kevin Sandoval (USMC)

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I was born in the Pacific Northwest, and I joined the military after leaving high-school early. I served in the Marines for nine years as an infantry assault man. My goals are to transfer to University of California San Diego, or Oregon Health and Science University, to pursue a career in medicine. Currently I’m a Senator at Mira Costa College. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football, and discussing the latest technology innovations.

Andrea Weckle (USMC)

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My name is Andrea Weckle; I also go by “Andi.” I am from Ortonville, MI where I graduated from high school. After graduating I went to Oakland University for one year to study Elementary Education. I decided to join the military halfway into my second semester, and chose the Marine Corps. I served for two years before being honorably discharged. I stayed in the area and began attending MiraCosta College. My major is Psychology and I intend on carrying through to graduate school to study neuropsychology. In my free time I enjoy relaxing with friends, taking my dogs to the park, cooking, and discovering new music.

Nate Bond (USMC)

I am from Greenville, CA. I was in the Marine Corps from 2003 through 2013. I am at MiraCosta studying Engineering. In my free time I like to play sports, go to the gym and go fishing.

Christina Taylor (USN)

I'm Christina Taylor. I am originally from Santa Barbara, Ca but went to high school in Atascadero, Ca. I joined the Navy in 2006 as a Corpsman. I served for 7 years, separating in January of last year. Im a Nursing major finishing prerequisites to transfer to a CSU or UC Nursing program. I love music, going to concerts and enjoy going hiking and camping.