Calvin Klein Gloria
Grad Stories (2017)
Joining the Navy is a family affair according to Calvin Klein Gloria. His two brothers and sister all proudly served.
Gloria was born in the Philippines and at the age of five, he moved to the United States. He grew up in Ontario, CA and graduated from Colony High School. He knew he wanted to go to college, but his parents did not understand the need for higher education. Gloria was on his own and decided to enroll in the Navy to follow his siblings' footsteps. He knew that receiving an education through the Navy would be attainable. After two deployments and four years, his time was up. During this time he also married his high school sweetheart.
Once he came back home, he found out about Norco College and enrolled in summer school in June 2015.
“I went to other schools, but did not feel a connection. Once I set foot on Norco College I was greeted with a warm welcome by College staff. I felt appreciated and was hooked because I knew I found the right fit.”
Gloria was an aviation mechanic for the Navy, but decided to change his focus to kinesiology. He was fascinated by the body and fitness - something he does regularly to keep his mental sanity.
“I firmly believe that I was put on this earth to help others. I enjoy connecting with people and being able to make a difference.”
At the age of 25, Gloria will graduate with a 3.9 GPA and three associate degrees. He will be transferring to California State, San Bernardino to pursue a bachelor’s in Kinesiology. He hopes to further his education and obtain a doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is interested in working with veterans and the gerontology population.
“Norco College exceeded my expectations and pushed me to be where I am today. The Veterans Club is a brotherhood that motivates and inspires me every day.”
During his time at Norco College, Gloria worked at the Veterans office and serves as treasurer of the Veterans Club. He credits Professors Mills, Russell and Betancourt for teaching him to never give up and to pursue what he loves. He admires their passion for their fields and keeps him motivated to do the same.
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