What VVC students are thankful for: Responses from ASB App Scavenger Hunt


Thank you to everyone who participated in ASB’s Cornucopia of Coupons App Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had as much fun as we did launching it.

ASB has awarded $50 Amazon gift cards to two grand prize winners and $25 Amazon gift cards to an additional 28 students who were selected. If you weren’t able to play or you didn’t win this time, don’t worry — ASB is hosting events like this throughout the school year.

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Everyone who participated in the App Scavenger Hunt was asked to write a 100 to 200-word short essay about what they’re thankful for this year. We received so many wonderful and inspiring sentiments, and we wanted to share some of those with the VVC community. Please enjoy.

The prompt: We are so thankful to all our students for making VVC the place to be. In a short essay (100 to 200 words), tell us what you’re thankful for this year.

Cheryl Perez

I’m most thankful for my family, health and my job, during these times of uncertainty a lot of people lost their jobs or have been furloughed during this whole pandemic and I was blessed to just be off for a couple of days before coming back to work passing out lunches to the families of the kids I was use to seeing everyday at school as I worked as a proctor. Through all this craziness it has woken something inside me and made me realize life is short and if I’m ever gonna go to school for a career I’ve always wanted now was the time , so I signed up and here I am waiting for the beginning of the winter session to start. I hope one day to be a Geriatric Nurse. I can’t wait to make my family proud and I’m thankful to become a Ram. 🐏

Kaitlin MacDonald

This year has been particularly rough because a lot has happened since the start of the year to right now. To reflect on all the life changes: Covid hit and really changed the way I look at life. I was furloughed from work and ended up using my free time to take a hard look at my life and decide what I wanted to do. I ended up applying to VVC respiratory therapy program on a whim thinking “there’s no way I’ll get in” and then a week later, I was accepted! Ever since then, I have been grinding nonstop and not letting Covid stop me from succeeding!

Angel Felix

This year, to be short, has been the most eventful year so far in my entire life that is filled with so much thanks. For starters, I married my wife of 5 years in the beginning of January whom I owe so much thanks and happiness to. Next we gave birth to my son in April, although there was so much uncertainty with COVID and my wife having to have an emergency C section, I am so thankful for the hopeful making sure I was able to be present and assure they both came out through it alright. I then retired from the Marine Corps In September after 5 years of service, and although I will miss all my Marine brothers, I am handful for the experiences I had with them all. I am now thankful for being able to enroll into VVC and begin this new journey into education with my family.

Ashton Vaughan

With distant learning in full affect I am thankful that I get to spend a lot of time with my children. Being able to teach them and engage with them while they are in class has been a bonding experience for us I will never forget. I have been able to help them get through tough situations with learning and help them look towards the future where they can hopefully be back with their classmates. It has brought us closer together as a family and they also got to see a little bit of what I do in my school. I can only hope that it will encourage them to also pursue college when they get done with high school.

Cynthia Hernandez

This year has definitely been a different, scary yet an eye-opening year. I am thankful for many things, my son is one of them. Being able to spend as much time with him at home (due to the pandemic) has been the greatest thing a first time mother can experience. Thankful for the opportunities that came with it as well, which is staying in school- in fact I actually love being able to have remote classes due to me being a stay at home, now, and living hours away from the college. It feels as though I am  knocking two birds with one stone this year. Forever thankful for my husband and my supportive family who continue to push me with my education, being a mother and continuing with my small at home business. This year has given me many opportunities than any other year and I am eternally thankful for that.

Perswasion Herrera

I am thankful to be part of a community college where I feel secure in knowing that my needs can be met as I continue on my journey in college. There have been many opportunities made available to me to get assistance and ease the stress that this year has brought. This difficult time has been very stressful as a student still trying to push through and finish my goals. I am thankful that the staff and community have joined together to provide better opportunities and more support for the students. I am thankful that my voice has been heard on more than one occasion to be able to serve me best here at Victor Valley College. Throughout the unknowns that this year has brought, I am extremely grateful for the help and support I have received as a student at Victor Valley College.

Lari Howell

I am thankful for all the support and hard work that has gone into making the school year so smooth even during the midst of this terrible pandemic! I am thankful for the extra support and funding opportunities that have allowed me to continue to attend school and get ever closer to graduating with my associates degree! I am thankful for the amazing VVC ASB members, like Leslie Sandoval who is always available to help and answer questions with a smile! I am also thankful for the new systems, like canvas and navigate, being so user friendly and accessible. Hopefully this next year will allow us all to continue to support and encourage each other to stay strong!

Karla Diaz

I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from VVC. I am thankful for the staff and teachers who have helped me achieve my academic goals, as well as, make sure that I am on the right path to achieving my career goals. I am also very thankful for my First Year Experience counselor, Manika Records, because she is always available to help me and has helped me so much with setting up my education plan for my time at VVC and also helping me build the foundation to achieve more than I ever imagined. VVC really has provided me with so many opportunities, from the Cares Act to a laptop and wonderful assistants for any questions or concerns I have, making me feel comfortable if I ever need help with anything. I am very thankful to be a student at this amazing school. Yes

Karla Carrillo

This year I am thankful for all the instructors that have helped me achieve my academic goals. This is my last semester at VVC, and without the help of all my instructors I would not be able to do this. I am also thankful for my family that has pushed me to become a better person and help me achieve my goals. I have all their support and that makes me a stronger person. I am also thankful for my friends, they have also helped me in this journey and I feel blessed for having them in my life. Last but not least, I am thankful with God for giving me health and hope to proceed with this journey. I am thankful for everything that people do for me and my family in these tough times of Covid-19. Without all the help from VVC I don’t think I would have made it. For those main reasons I am thankful and blessed this year.

Susana Garcia

I am thankful for my family and friends. Most of all thankful for their health and my health. I know there are alot of people who have lost their loved ones. I am thankful to be able to wake up in the morning and go to work.  Also to be able to attend school half of the time. Thankful that the school was able to run online classes. This is my first semester at VVC, and I am very thankful that I was able to go back to school to further my education, especially through these times that we are all experiencing.

Angel Harvey

Even though things have been extremely difficult, I am grateful that my long journey at VVC is soon coming to an end. This summer, I will be graduating with two degrees, one in fine arts and the other in arts and humanities. I am so very thankful for all the EOPS counselors that have helped me with the hardest part of my journey, even taking away from their personal lives to answer my phone calls and many confusing questions. I am also thankful for all the transfer workshops I have attended. I am thankful as well for the wellness central tab they have put within the Canvas app. VVC really does it’s best to look after its students and that is what I am overall most thankful for.

Shawnisha Swayzer

This year has brought a lot of pain and suffering to a lot of individuals around the world. Through it all there are those who have stood tall and kept moving forward. I am thankful for a lot of these same individuals who have assisted me in life to achieve my goals. I am thankful for my family who have stood behind me through this trying time and have supported me along this journey. I am also thankful for the many staff at VVC who have assisted me with all my needs in being able to be a successful student here at VVC. My counselors have been fantastic with meeting my needs and assisting and making sure I have been on the right track. One person who has been going above and beyond for me is Tracey Downing in CalWORKs. She has been helpful with sending much needed information that can assist me with all my needs for school and outside of school and I really appreciate that and when I need help she makes sure that she points me in the right direction, so again I thank you.

Madison Ward

I am so thankful for VVC!!  Due to COVID-19 my senior year of High School could not be finished. I missed out on prom, grad night, and graduation. At the time I was overwhelmed, I saw no light, and I became extremely sad. My freshman year of college is not how I anticipated it to be, but I am SO thankful that VVC is helping me and guiding me through all of this. My professors are so helpful and sweet and with the help of counselors and ASB, I feel confident moving forward! VVC makes me so happy, I am very close to everybody already and the people are so welcoming (even on zoom class) So, THANK YOU VVC for helping me on my journey and furthermore. 🙂

Terra Tolentino

This has been a tough year for everyone. When the coronavirus started, it was hard to be thankful for anything. But as time has gone by and we have lost people around us, I realized that I consider myself lucky to be healthy and thankful that I am alive and so are those who are close to me. I am also thankful for online classes because I can still learn and receive a degree. My classes might not be my original intention, but they have taught me that I can be successful in other fields that I might not have considered. I might not have a job right now and I might not be where I want to be in my life, but I am thankful for what I do have and I am thankful for the people in my life who support me.

April Krum

In 2020 of all years, with our futures uncertain, it is vital to remember to be thankful for what we still have. Our friends, our family, our opportunities, our resources, the things that we take for granted in our day-to-day lives. The pandemic has not hit my family particularly hard, but even for families unaffected, the possibility of death looms larger now in the background of our everyday lives. I am thankful for my friends and family, and for their good health, which I no longer take for granted. When many are struggling to adapt to changes in their education, or losing access to education entirely, I am thankful for my college. I’m thankful for the resources it provides to allow all students to continue their education despite their circumstances. And I’m thankful for an ASB that cares, that helps students access important resources, and that dedicates time to making fun scavenger hunts for everyone. And finally, in a dark and long year, I’m thankful for the relief the holidays bring. I’m thankful for the time together with family and friends, for raised spirits and renewed hope, and for the promise of a better year ahead.

Adrianna Rodriguez

This year has to be one of the most difficult times I’ve experienced. Starting college was something I’ve always been ready for. Being able to further my education while maintaining a  promising schedule honestly has been very beneficial. VVC has allowed me to expand my opportunities further. From assistance from my counselor and my professor who has always kept me up to date, I may have not been able to come as far as I have if it wasn’t for VVC and the assistance they offer. I’m grateful for any given opportunities and especially grateful for the CARES Act. By signing up I was able to pay off debt from bills and buy groceries. I’m grateful that I can work at my own pace and still get help if I needed to through tutoring services. I’m grateful for my fellow classmates that I’ve met along the way through peer review activities. Another important thing I feel I should mention is I’m grateful for my family and friends who have encouraged me to better myself by staying busy with my studies.

Elizabeth Castro

The year of 2020 has been filled with countless downfalls and challenges. It is easy to get caught up in all the negativity, but everyone should take the time to remember all there is to be thankful for. Bad things will never stop happening, but neither will good things. So, it is time to talk about all we are thankful for this year. As usual, I am thankful for my family and friends. I am grateful for my hardworking parents; without them, I would not be where I am now. They have given me guidance and supported me financially throughout my whole life. I am thankful for my two sisters. Although they can be annoying at times, they are always there to make me laugh and comfort. I am thankful for my friends. Even though the pandemic and other life circumstances have prevented us from meeting up, many have still taken the time to message me and check up on me. I am thankful for all my professors and especially my counselor. I am thankful for the FYE Program; it has helped me so much. In the end, there’s so much to be thankful for, just think hard about it.

Rocio Zamora

I am very thankful for my family to begin with, but overall we are thankful for Victor Valley College because during this pandemic they have managed to help each and every student in need and we are one of the many students, families that have been blessed financially and with the amazing resources Victor Valley has been able to come up with to help us reach our goal and our dream to graduate. I thought I wasn’t going to make it and I was ready to quit because I was overwhelmed with all the bills and becoming the head of household was hard but Victor Valley College gave me that extra hand I needed and I’m thankful for that.

Karletta Delbridge

What I am thankful for this year is the support of EOPS. They are helping me out with my future and my classes so far in my college life was a struggle but when I joined EOPS this year everything started to flow and go the right path to graduating on time for the spring semester. However with the pandemic and school I would say it started out good with the classes I understand the process that we have to do to success and to be safe.im thankful for the ASB for giving us the opportunity to get the materials we need with the pandemic going on as for the EOPS I have received a lot of help from them from receiving the support of my college technology problems from paying for the books . I’m proud to be a VVC student!!

Vanessa Chavez

I am thankful that I have been successful in this last school year regardless of the COVID-19 crisis.  I am thankful for my family, which includes my parents, my son, my son’s father, aunts, uncles, cousins, my brother and sister as well as their offspring!  The list can keep going when it comes to my appreciation of my family.  It has been an obvious struggle to get into a nursing program, but with the help of VVC staff members’ hard work and kindness, it has been a pleasant journey.  I am also thankful for the position I hold at my place of employment, in which I was referred to by the CalWORKs departments own Mason Blanche.  If it wasn’t for Mason I would not be blessed to help and guide the many clients that come into my life during this time that I am employed because of his referral.  So thanks VVC, you’re the best!

Adrian Chavez

I am thankful to have made it where I am today. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have crossed my path. I also thank my family and friends for encouraging me and motivating me to achieve my goals and to never give up on my dreams. They have inspired me and have given me a sense of determination to keep moving forward. They play a big role in where I am today. I am thankful to have achieved an Associate’s degree in Math & Science! Regardless of the obstacles I’ve overcome, I have still managed to achieve and I will continue my education further. Lastly, I’m thankful for VVC for allowing me to grow and continue my education. I’m thankful for all the resources they provide and the amazing faculty for helping me in any way possible.

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