Lani Alameda Almand

Name:  Lani Alameda AlmandLani Alameda Almand

College:  Graduate

Department:  Education

What Award/ Scholarship did you receive?  The Nancy Matlock Scholarship

What year do you expect to graduate?  July 2021

Where do you call home?  Watsonville, California.

With all of the choices for college, what made UC Santa Cruz stand out?  I chose UCSC because of the proximity to my home but was still surprised about the beauty discovered on campus.

What is your field of focus?  Education

What do you hope to do once you graduate from UC Santa Cruz?  Become a teacher!

What is one memorable moment that stands out for you as a student here?  The grad student strike showed the courage of many. It was impactful to see so many undergrads and staff stand in support and solidarity.

What is your one piece of advice for incoming students about life at UC Santa Cruz?  Sit in the front row of every lecture. Your education is a privilege. Be present for it, even in moments of resistance.

How will this scholarship impact your academic life /research?  As a student parent, I would be unable to continue my studies without financial support. This scholarship allows me to reach my goals without laying the burden of sacrifice on my kids.

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