With a beaming smile, Maribel Orgel talks about her plan to attend California State University, Sacramento, this fall. The requirements to attend college was something she knew little about four years ago.
Oregel is an Advancement Via Individual Determination success story. AVID classes teach organizational and study skills, provide an opportunity for academic support from peers and college tutors, and give enriching lessons that will put students on a college-bound pathway.
As a four-year member of the AVID class at Tokay High School, Oregel explains how much she learned about college and the stepping stones required to get there.
“I really didn’t know anything about how to get into college or the A-G high school class requirements before taking AVID,” Oregel said.
It wasn’t always an easy path, but Oregel was determined to overcome obstacles.
“When things get tough, don’t give up. Everyone is there at some point,” she said as she talked about her struggles in math.
Making academic success a priority, she attended after school tutorials and joined a study group. She also made the most out of every moment with the college tutors during AVID class.
Another challenging aspect of high school was public speaking. Instead of looking for opportunities to bow out, Oregel chose to meet the difficulty head on. She chose to do her English capstone project on how media effects body image. In front of Needham Elementary students, she promoted heathy body images and shared what she had learned throughout her research.
Her determination and hard work has paid off. Receiving scholarships from the California Scholarship Foundation, Lodi Woman’s Club and Eleanor J., she will be able to cover the cost of college.
As she graduates and prepares to enter the nursing program, she encourages younger students to challenge themselves “and always have a smile on your face every day.”