Meet Our Students: Alessandro De La Cruz
Name: Alessandro De La Cruz
Hometown: Long Beach
LBCC organizations, clubs or sports you are affiliated with:
PNK social service club, John Fylpaa Leadership Institute, LBCC Outreach Ambassador
Q: How long have you attended LBCC?
A: Since fall 2015.
Q: Why did you decide to attend LBCC?
A: I came to LBCC because I was denied entry to the colleges I wanted to attend. However, LBCC has proved to be just as good as any college out there.
Q: What does LBCC mean to you?
A: LBCC to me means a second chance for those who dropped out and an alternative for those who would rather not be spending ten grand a semester on tuition. I believe LBCC represents a gateway of hope, this is especially true for students who are disadvantaged in any way and the children of low-income families. LBCC gives them a chance to obtain the very coveted gift of higher education.
Q: Who is your role model?
A: I owe due credit to my parents and God for the opportunities I have been given, but my true role model would be all those people who are cast out of society and who aren’t accepted. I truly sympathize with them and know the pain they are going through. Each step they take day after day hurts but they still summon up extraordinary strength and courage to keep going even when there is nobody helping them. They truly are amazing people and I give them my fullest admiration due to their circumstances. Those people are my role models because they do what not much other humans can deal with -- isolation.
Q: What is your biggest passion?
A: One thing I enjoy is making short movies. I just enjoy being artistic and expressing myself through moving pictures. It captures my mind in a way I can’t fully explain. What I would love to do is use movies as a persuasive element to show people different viewpoints and different philosophies.
Q: In what way have you made an impact at LBCC?
A: If there’s any impact I’ve had at LBCC I think it would be spreading good will and having an optimistic attitude. If I can leave a good imprint or positive impact on somebody’s life then I would be satisfied. I’m not looking to change the world I’m just seeking to plant good virtues in other people’s lives. I sincerely believe it’s the little things that count in life.
Q: How has LBCC shaped you into your best self?
A: I believe LBCC has helped me understand that I shouldn’t be afraid to be the person I really want to be. It has also helped me develop a hunger to help everyone in some way. LBCC has helped me discover qualities inside me I never knew I had.
Q: What advice would you have for new LBCC students?
A: Be humble, be kind, and show respect to everyone. Most of all, don’t be afraid to be who you want to be, always strive to be excellent in everything you do. Always be open to changes, everyone usually has a plan during and after college but life is full of unexpected changes.
Q: If there is one thing LBCC has taught you, what would it be?
A: If there is one thing LBCC has taught me, it is to never judge others before you get to hear their story. You never know what one person might be going through so always be sympathetic to everyone you meet.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: Hopefully I can be a film director but life is full of U-turns and we will never know which path life will set us down on, patience is the key.
Q: What is one thing you would change about your experience here at LBCC?
A: If I could change anything, I would probably tell myself not to be afraid and on edge sometimes. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Q: What are your professional goals?
A: My professional goals would be to graduate from film school and get an internship somewhere as well as start making more short movies and sending them off to film festivals. The film industry is a really spotty employment market. That’s what I hope to do, depending on where life leads me.
Q: What do you plan to do after you leave LBCC?
A: Transfer to a four year university, preferably LMU or maybe USC. Then I plan on obtaining a bachelor’s in film and from there hopefully I can get an internship in the entertainment industry somewhere.