By Bobby P. Gomez Jr.
Pulse Staff Editor
The March 2017 issue of The Pulse is the seventy-fifth issue published since the Fall of 1998. We asked former reporters and editors to let us know where they are now, their favorite Palo Alto memories, and what advice they would give to current students.
Nia Jaramillo is a first-generation college student who is now giving back to the Palo Alto community. Prior to becoming a public relations intern for PAC, Jaramillo challenged herself to open multiple opportunities in the very hallways that had guided her to lectures. The communications courses at Palo Alto inspired her curiosity about different cultures, so she decided to travel to Europe shortly after graduation from PAC. Jaramillo will graduate from Texas State University in the Fall of 2017.
“My favorite memories at PAC definitely have to be the huge support system I had during my time there. Coming into PAC as a first-generation college student, I was scared and had no idea what to expect from college. I didn’t have family to guide me through the experience, and that’s where some of my professors, such as Dr. Richter and Ms. Mains, really stepped in and encouraged me to push my limits and challenge myself. The support I received from other faculty who didn’t even personally know me, blew me away. Their passion for helping students is beyond me. Putting students first will always be my favorite thing about PAC,” Jaramillo wrote. “Being a reporter for The Pulse was the first time I had ever reached out to people to interview them for a story. It takes a lot of research, but it was exactly the kind of experience that I needed to prepare me for the journalism and writing classes I am taking at Texas State University, as well as the stories I write for PAC’s PR Department.”
My biggest piece of advice to give to a current student would be to GET INVOLVED! This is the time to network, participate in things on campus, and get to know your professors. Never doubt yourself, and If you feel like giving up, please talk to someone. Whether it is a teacher, advisor, or counselor, there is always someone there to help.