Kevin Di Bella
Grad Stories (2013)
Kevin Di Bella took a 10-year detour after graduating from high school to pursue a career as an audio engineer in the music industry. But after hitting the ceiling as far as upward mobility, he quit his job at a recording studio, moved back home with his parents and enrolled at Norco College to become an electrical engineer. “The more I weighed my options, the more I was certain that a college degree was the best way for me to ensure I would have the necessary skills for a competitive workplace,” Kevin said. Even though college was more challenging than he expected, Kevin excelled. He has been accepted to seven universities and received multiple scholarship offers. He chose UC San Diego. “It is a great feeling to be successful in an academic environment where everyone is encouraging and hard work is recognized and rewarded -- which does not always happen in the real world,” Kevin said. While at Norco College, Kevin was involved in the Honors Program and the TRiO program for low-income, first-generation students. Kevin credits his Student Support Services counselor Ladylyn Dominguez with helping him research his major, check out various colleges and get in touch with the right people. “She has been an amazing help,” Kevin said.
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