Lino Ochoa

Spartan Voices

I chose San Jose State because it’s one of the few universities in California that offers a degree in aviation. My mom is happy that I am close to home. I am glad I came to San Jose State because of the excellent education I am receiving at an affordable price. I also enjoy the campus, which is beautiful.

-Lino Ochoa, Aviation

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Hi. I’m Lino Ochoa, a student majoring in aviation at San Jose State University. I’m writing to tell you about myself and SJSU because I want you to know how important you are to students like me. We are honored that people like you demonstrate a belief in our potential by giving to the SJSU Fund. These gifts help provide us with the tools we need to stay on a successful path to graduation.

Speaking of graduation, my mom and I are racing each other to be the first in our family to graduate from a four-year college. She’s studying music at another Cal State. I think I’m going to beat her to that treasured college degree.

I chose San Jose State because it’s one of the few universities in California that offers a degree in aviation. My mom is happy that I am close to home. I am glad I came to San Jose State because of the excellent education I am receiving at an affordable price. I also enjoy the campus, which is beautiful.

Have you been to the campus recently? I encourage you to stop by. San Jose State is a vibrant, student-centered university. Our educational experience is enhanced with stellar programs, a world-class faculty and support from people like you. Thank you!

The campus community is excited to welcome new SJSU President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, who comes to San Jose State well-qualified to lead the university. He has something in common with many of us—in his days as a student, he worked full-time while attending college.

Retiring President Don W. Kassing will be missed. He accomplished a lot during his year as interim president. Gifts from alumni like you also contributed to achievements over the past year such as:

  • The College of Applied Sciences and Arts opened its Student Success Center, joining three other colleges in providing centrally located centers that help students succeed through academic advising and related services.
  • Students from five departments built SJSU’s first ZEM (zero-emissions) house from the ground up by drawing up plans, picking out materials and constructing the building.
  • Construction began on the Student Union expansion and renovation, which will centralize many student organizations and services and include an indoor theater and lecture hall, food court, coffee house, print shop and computer center.

I encourage you to give to the SJSU Fund today to build on successes that offer students like me amazing educational opportunities. Your gift will help San Jose State achieve its goals to offer students:

  • An affordable, high quality education.
  • Stellar programs and hands-on opportunities that enhance our academics.
  • An educational experience that prepares us to lead successful lives in a technology-driven, rapidly changing global society.

You are the key to unlocking the treasure chest of education for students at San Jose State. We are hardworking and dedicated to our studies. Many of us are the first in our families to go to college. We juggle work, (I work at SJSU and at a company in Oakland), family responsibilities and college. Many students come from financially struggling families, as I do, and want to obtain the same goal I’m seeking—an education that will help me support my family, help others and give back to my community.

Managing work, family and college isn’t easy. During my first semester while I was transitioning from a two-year college, I attempted to do too many things—move and resettle myself, find employment and take concert choir in addition to chemistry and physics. I was lucky to study under Charlene Archibeque, who came out of retirement to teach last year. However, memorizing music for five performances as well as serving as publicity officer for the choir (we had a packed house for our Christmas concert!) on top of everything else proved to be too much for me and my grades suffered.

That’s when I discovered San Jose State’s strong, pro-active advising program. When my grades slipped, I received guidance from an advisor who specializes in helping students get back on track academically. I also worked with an advisor from the Educational Opportunity Program and another from the Aviation and Technology department. With their help, I did much better in all my classes. In fact, my G.P.A. last semester was 3.7! You can be very proud that your support helps to provide programs such as advising that help students succeed in their studies.

Please play an important role in the futures of 28,000 students by giving to the SJSU Fund today. With your help, we can make the most of our great university’s legacy: academic rigor and excellence, award-winning faculty and cutting-edge programs. Please give to the SJSU Fund today.

Thank you,

Lino S. Ochoa ’14

P.S. Every day that goes by, SJSU students get the help they need to be successful in their studies because people like you care enough to give to the SJSU Fund. Give securely online to the SJSU Fund today.