Micaela always thought school was difficult. She would sometimes get anxious about taking tests and would shut down rather than take on what she considered an overwhelming experience — making it through school.
Like many of her high school peers living in Elk Grove, Micaela moved along after graduation to Cosumnes River College. It seemed like the logical next step for a young woman who grew up with high expectations, but who did not see herself as a student, and considered a degree only a mirage on a distant horizon.
Those first few semesters of community college felt like an extension of high school and an extension of the anxiety Micaela use to face there. But then she made a significant discovery about herself and took advantage of an important opportunity that only Los Rios Community College District could offer her.