Adela Esquivel-Swinson is emphatic when sums up her education at CSM: “My experience at CSM was excellent!” As a single parent, Adela needed a college education to get a good job that would allow her to support her family. While she was a student, she also worked in the college’s Admissions and Records Office which enabled her to learn new skills and gain valuable work experience. An added benefit was getting to know many faculty and staff who were very helpful to Adela. “There were times I wanted to give up and quit but thanks to my advisor and other college staff, I was encouraged to persevere. Due to the personal attention and support I received from CSM, I was able to achieve my goal.” Today, Adela is the director of admissions and records at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.