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Senior Story: Makena is Graduating from UCCS!

Makena wears a white and pink striped shirt. She stands with the UCCS mountain lion mascot and smiles.

Meet Makena, a senior at UCCS getting ready to graduate with her Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate in Animal Science Education! While attending OIS, Makena has grown in her confidence. Though Makena is from the Denver area, she wants to stay in Colorado Springs after graduation. She is very excited to reach the next milestone and begin planning life after college. Check out Makena's senior video to find out more about her college experience! 

Makena's Experience

  • School: UCCS
  • Major: Animal Science Education
  • Favorite Part of College: All the fun events I get to go to, like bingo!
  • Plans After Graduation: I want to have a paid part-time position at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I want to see if I can work in the loft area or the reptile house.

Makena's Words of Wisdom

  • What has the opportunity to go to college meant for you?: I think it's meant a lot. It's helped me achieve my dreams and get into the zoo. College is a big help with trying to achieve your goals and your dreams!
  • What did you learn about yourself during college?: I learned more about how my brain works. It takes me longer to process things or sometimes some things need to be rephrased in a simpler manner for me.
  • What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?: Definitely always listen to your mentors! They are there to help you. They do not want to make your life hard. Go with other people to events so you don't get lost!
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