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Meet Our Students: Sandra Sanchez-Rueda

Name: Sandra Sanchez-Rueda         

Age: 42

Hometown: Long Beach

Major: Diagnostic Medical Imaging (DMI)


Q: How long have you attended LBCC?

A: Since 2006, 11 years.


Q: Why did you decide to attend LBCC?

A: I decided to attend LBCC because I needed a new beginning. After being an oncology nurse for 11 years in Colombia, I came here and needed a new beginning. I was looking for an institution that could give me the opportunity to grow as a professional. After researching LBCC, I found that this is the perfect place.


Q: What were your expectations when coming to LBCC?

A: The biggest expectation that I had was to evaluate my oncology degree, and then to learn English. When I was preparing for our examination, I learned that my English was not sufficient and that I needed to learn English first.


Q: What does LBCC mean to you?

A: Opportunity. Huge opportunity to learn to be better at what you choose for your academic career and to be better as a human being.


Q: Who is your role model?

A: My parents. Both have played a huge influence on me. My father was the best example of honesty and perseverance. My mom is always talking to me about justice and equity and to be respectful with people around me regardless of background and culture.


Q: What is your biggest passion?

A: Playing my violin. My violin has taught me that nothing in life is easy. If you want to master something in life, you need to work on it. Violin requires precision. That’s why I learn to work on my ESL classes trying to read more English, for example.


Q: How long have you been playing violin and why did you decide to start playing?

A: For six years. When I was a little girl I saw the instrument at school, and I was fascinated with it. But I didn’t have the opportunity to play the violin because violins are expensive. When I came here, I had the opportunity and I decided to do it.


Q: In what way have you made an impact at LBCC?

A: I work at the LBCC Nursing Department. I think my impact is that I work on their equipment. Every time they are going to practice or their teachers are going to give a class, I have to prepare the nursing equipment and set everything up. I think the little things help them to achieve their goals in nursing.


Q: How has LBCC shaped you into your best self?

A: LBCC has helped me understand and develop strategies to interact with different cultures, diversity. At LBCC I have found a lot of cultures and different philosophies and ways of living. I was really impressed that LBCC had all of that.


Q: What advice would you have for new LBCC students?

A: Get informed about all the resources that LBCC has for them to be successful. For example, financial aid, counseling, tutorials, those are great resources to look at when you want to be successful.


Q: If there is one thing LBCC has taught you, what would it be?

A: Perseverance. LBCC staff and teachers have taught me not to give up. Even when I want to drop, they always encourage me to not give up.


Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?

A: Working in the radiation oncology department. Oncology patients are my passion, and I want to be working there with them.


Q: What is one thing you would change about your experience here at LBCC?

A: Nothing. Everyone was really helpful. The resources were helpful, like the math center, the reading center, the writing center, the ESL center. Those were really good resources for me, and I enjoy them.


Q: What are your professional goals?

A: My biggest is to become a radiation oncology tech, and then get my license as a nurse. Work with a radiation oncology department.


Q: What do you plan to do after you leave LBCC?

A: Relax, at least for one week. Get ready for the ARRT exam, for certification. Then start working as a radiology technologist. 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846. For media inquiries, please call (562) 938-4004.
Meet Our Students: Sandra Sanchez-Rueda