Ponderosa High School graduate Nicole West, 18, of Rescue, is enthusiastic about her future and is looking forward to a career in marketing..
“I kind of always wanted to be somewhere in public relations or advertising,” she said. “I kind of really want to be involved in creating an image for a business and get them started and branch off from there.”
West’s pursuit of her dream is off to a running start as she is enrolled at California State University, San Diego, and is working toward a degree in integrated marketing communications.
“With this major, it’s both marketing classes and communications classes,” she said. “So I take some journalism but also a lot of business classes. I can actually get into journalism if I wanted, but there’s just so many careers I can do with it. I’m hoping for advertising.”
West is taking 15 units and spends five days per week taking classes. In addition, she is looking for employment.
As a resident at the college, West said although she has run into one student who attended Ponderosa, she has made new friends.
“I’m really good friends with my roommate,” she said. “Thank goodness, because I’ve heard horror stories about it. I joined a sorority and I’m in a marketing club, so I’ve made a lot of friends through that.”
When she isn’t attending classes, West also volunteers time to work with the blind through her sorority.
While a student at Ponderosa she also donated her time as a Big Sister, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and at the local hospice. She was as a member of the California Scholarship Federation, a volunteer volleyball referee and coach and a member of the National Honor Society.
But now West is concentrating on working towards her degree and pursuing her career.
“I love the city area,” she said. “I’d like to live in the city after I graduate. I love walking everywhere where everything is so close.”