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We the People: We are MiraCosta

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We Are MiraCosta is a project that seeks to highlight the experiences of our students, staff, and faculty through short audio narratives, similar to those featured on NPR’s StoryCorps. Participants were asked to select and respond to one of the four prompts below.

  1. Tell me about someone who has been particularly kind to you? If they were here, what would you say to them?
  2. Are there any positive moments or memories from your life that you think shaped who you are today?
  3. Imagining your life years into the future, what do you see?
  4. Tell me about something you regret having not done. Why haven’t you done it?

"Prior to attending MiraCosta, I came from a school where high expectations were demanded of all students. People would judge their entire self-worth based on academics, and getting into the best college possible."

Lindsey Tam

"When you’re a kid, you just expect that your parents are going to put their needs before yours, but now that I’m a parent myself, I realize that it’s actually really hard to do that."

Sara Cassetti

“I was in the throes of social exploration and hormonal confusion, and my poetry reflected such disquietude with the crass, verbal pizzazz of the musician, Eminem (mind you he was topping the charts).”

Adam Bishop

“Since the day I met Karina, she encouraged me to pursue my dreams; she taught me that there is always more than one option to reach your goals.”

Aleida Colores

“I loved the idea that people like me can have access to education to better themselves and the community in which they live. I knew early on that this was the place I wanted to be to make a difference.”

Alketa Wojcik

“I want to make a positive impact on my community. I’m motivated to improving people’s lives and being a voice to creating change for the better.”

Nicole Beachboard

“I will never forget the image of my parents struggling with their small family business, selling meter by meter of fabric to get enough money to send me to the United States for a quality education.”

Nhi Tran

"I began to draft a YA novel, based loosely on my experiences growing up in Minneapolis and being involved with the burgeoning underground music scene there in the early 1980s."

Michelle Ohnstad

“My mom was a major contributing factor in my athletics, as I cannot remember a time where she missed a game or match. In fact she personally made sure that I got to all my games and matches.”

Isiah Titus

“I dedicated my life to being the best clarinetist ever and to impressing my very accomplished band teacher, Ms. Knapp.  Benny Goodman’s ghost would have been proud.”


“Over the many holiday meals at her home, I gratefully learned to love Puerto Rican coffee, fried plantains, and large, rollicking family gatherings. She, in turn, became godmother to the wonderful dog she had introduced us to.”

Robin Kilrain

"He passed away just a week from the day I visited him. If he were here, I would thank him a million times again and tell him I would try my very best to be like him, to help unconditionally. "

Sahara Shirazi