Amanda Aguilera

Amanda Aguilera

Dean's Scholar

College of Science
Biological Science/Microbiology

I chose Biology as my major because I want to be a veterinarian.  I have always loved animals, and I have known that I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was two years old.

This award is very special to me because I feel like I have been acknowledged for all the hard work that I have been putting in to get good grades, and it is an encouragement for me to continue doing well.

The most influential people in my life have always been my family. They have supported me and they are the reason I try so hard to do well. They always taught me that if I worked hard and was good at what I did, I could be anything I wanted to be. My boyfriend has also been very encouraging since he goes to SJSU, as well. He understands the pressure of my classes and is always there to help calm me down when I stress too much. Also, my teachers have all been very helpful, especially when asking for one-on-one assistance when I need help with class assignments. I honestly want to thank all of them for helping me and encouraging me to continue even when I thought I couldn't.

For other students who wish to obtain academic excellence, all I can say is work hard. There was nothing easy about getting an A or B in a college course, but it is absolutely worth it when you see it reflected in your GPA at the end of each semester. I also know that you can't be good at everything, so never be ashamed to ask for help if you need it. At the end of the day, however, you need to be positive and believe that you will do well, because constantly telling yourself that you will fail will only lead you to failure.

I am very excited for my future. I hope to still follow the path that will eventually lead me to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, and eventually have a job where I love getting up to go to work in the morning. I also plan on getting married to my current boyfriend, but that is a long way into the future. For now, I plan to keep studying and see just how many times I can make it onto the Dean's List before I graduate!


A few words from her nominating professor:

Amanda is currently working towards a Systems Physiology degree, and hopes to one day become a veterinarian.  She works on campus at Academic Advising & Retention Services as a student assistant.  She commutes to San Jose five days a week from San Ramon.  Amanda likes to spend time outside of school and work, studying and spending time with her boyfriend, Aaron, her family, friends, and cats.  They are her motivation for doing well in school.  She also hopes to volunteer at the local SPCA or veterinary office over the summer to learn more about her future profession. 
– Professor Stephanie MacDonald