Christie Monreal is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice with a minor in Organizational Leadership.
“I want to thank my parents, my friends, the Santa Cruz Center and my Academic Advisor Alan Aguirre for always pushing me to believe in myself. I appreciate his patience and for always telling me everything was going to work out,” said Christie.
“Staying local saved me thousands of dollars, and I knew that taking advantage of some of the resources offered to students here locally such as scholarships and work-study opportunity would get me through school without incurring any debt. I love living in such peaceful community and being close to my family and friends,” said Ms. Monreal.
Ms. Monreal was born in Phoenix AZ but, grew up in Nogales, Sonora. At the age of 10, she moved to Nogales, AZ. She is the youngest in her family. Her mother is originally from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. Her father is from Nogales Sonora. “I love going to Ciudad Obregon every break I have. I love spending time with my family, it is like my second home. I love traveling, exercising, listening to music, and going to the movies with my nephew,” said Christie.
Ms. Monreal has worked for the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District for 3-years in various departments. She started as a work-study students later working full-time as an office assistant. For the past year, she has been working as a social media coordinator. “Throughout the years, I have learned a lot about financial aid, marketing, web designing, the importance of customer service and along with several administrative functions,” said Monreal.
“The person who has inspired me the most is my mother. She led by example, she was a hard-working mother, regardless of her workload I was always her priority. She taught me at an early the value of an education. She always encouraged me to work hard and be independent,” said Christie Monreal.
Some of the most important factors to being successful in anything you do is to always believe in yourself. It is important to have that motivation and mindset that you can do it, and YES, you will finish it, completing a degree is possible not unless you make it. There is NO excuse not to complete your educational goals. It is very important to remember to pursue a career that makes you happy, and always be thankful for the positive support you receive from your family and friends. Trust me, is not easy but it will be worth it at the end. I plan to continue working for the SCCPPCCD, while I work on a Master’s Degree, I have not decided where or what, but I hope to start in Spring 2020,” said Monreal.