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Miguel Ramirez

Spanos and GonzalezHOMETOWN: Fairfield, California.

MAJOR: Civil Engineering. Plans to graduate in December 2006.

BACKGROUND: Recruited to Sac State for the men’s soccer team. Recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship. President of the student Chicano Latino Association of Computer Scientists and Engineers. Mentors immigrant Spanish-speaking students at Highlands High School in North Highlands, California. Spoke no English when he immigrated to California from Mexico at age 14.

INFLUENCES: “Being at Sac State has definitely opened all the doors for me. I came here as a recruit for men’s soccer. I had two good seasons but it came time for me to move on and focus on academics. The MEP (MESA Engineering and Computer Science Program) Honors Program was another really important reason I picked Sac State—I came out of high school as a candidate for the program.”

HIGHLIGHT: “The best thing about Sac State definitely has to be the resources we have here. The accessibility of professors is just unbelievable. They’re really helpful.”

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I’m proud of being able to obtain a Gates Millennium Scholarship. It made my life a lot
easier—it made it possible for me to obtain an education.”

DESTINATION: “I have an academic scholarship for graduate school in civil engineering. Eventually I’d like to start my own business. I consider myself an entrepreneur.”


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