CHADRON – Chadron State College student Samantha Carrillo is the Project Strive/TRiO April Student of the Month.
Carrillo, a senior of Alliance, Nebraska, said she chose CSC because of its classroom sizes and it was near her home. Carrillo credits small classes to her success because she can communicate better and more frequently with her professors.
Carrillo is currently pursuing a Criminal Justice degree with a minor in Legal Studies. After graduating in May, Carrillo plans to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law with the hope of becoming an attorney.
Justice Studies Professor Dr. Lisette Leesch enjoys Carrillo’s involvement.
“Samantha actively participates in class discussions and can be counted on to have read the material and to have thought about the subject. She represents the best of what we strive to instill in our Legal Studies students. This recognition is much deserved,” Leesch said.
Carrillo’s favorite class is Topics in Law (LS 438) because she was a prosecutor in a mock trial. She was excited to experience what an in-court situation is like.
Justice Studies Professor Dr. Michael Bogner is impressed with Carrillo’s character.
“Samantha exhibits the zeal, excitement, and commitment to learning and self-improvement that one hopes to see in all students. I have come to appreciate and value Samantha’s intellect, kindness, love of learning, work ethic, calm demeanor, diplomatic abilities, values, and high ethical standards,” Bogner said.
Jennifer Schaer, Director of Project Strive/TRiO, is pleased with Carrillo’s involvement in Project Strive.
“She has been active in many workshops and activities. She asks questions and uses the resources that Project Strive has to offer. It has been great to watch her grow and learn as a student and a young lady. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future,” said Schaer.
When Carrillo is not in class, she enjoys walks and bikes rides with her dog.
Chadron State College’s Project Strive/TRiO program, located in the lower level of the King Library, is an academic enrichment program committed to help students succeed. Project Strive also focuses on career exploration, cultural and social enrichment, and self-awareness. To be eligible for the program, a student must be one of the following: A first generation student where neither parent has a four-year degree, meet low-income status based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria, or have a documented disability. For more information, visit csc.edu/projectstrive.
—Olivia Bryant, College Relations