Orange Coast students have plenty of different reasons why they attend the Costa Mesa community college – it’s local, more affordable or offers a chance to play a sport, but for Brandon Perez, a 20-year-old business major from Garden Grove, it goes to a larger meaning than that.
At just 19, Rami Halwani looks like a typical Orange Coast College student, but looks can be deceiving. Halwani is a business major who already has a successful and established business.
Cindy Ha Soul Son, a 19-year-old graphic design major at Orange Coast College, is as about unique as you’re going to get outside the realm of cartoons and comics.
William Baldovinos, 21, used to be a business major at Orange Coast College but switched to biomedical engineering pre-med because of something that started when he was just 15.
Born and raised in Old Towne Orange, Jade Ramos, an 18-year-old business major at Orange Coast College, said he is finishing his second semester in complete fulfillment.
After being home-schooled throughout her childhood and never before attending a public school, Nicki Barbou, 18, a marine biology major, is attending Orange Coast College where she says she is enjoying a new and fun experience.
Born in Sri Lanka and an immigrant to the United States at age 9, Orange Coast College sophomore Sahiru Liyanage plans to build his way to the top by studying mechanical engineering.
Israel Mendez, a 21-year-old part-time Orange Coast College student, is looking forward to spring break while still thinking about what he calls his “crazy” winter break.
Cristina Merino, an 18-year-old undeclared major, is splitting time between Orange Coast College and Golden West College taking a total of 21 units working toward becoming a veterinarian technician.
Orange Coast College student Josh Schulman is both an avid diver and poet who once found himself 20 feet off the bottom of a huge kelp forest during a diving expedition and recently published his first poem.
When not in the classroom focusing on her psychology studies, Nicole Smith said she spends almost all of her free time going to rock ’n’ roll shows throughout Southern California.
With another semester approaching its end, David Nash, a 23-year-old film student at Orange Coast College, said he plans to spend it doing the one thing he loves most: surfing.