Meet Claudia Davila

Claudia Davila

Institution: Linn-Benton Community College

Position at LBCC: Student Recruitment Specialist

When I made the decision to go back to school in my 30’s I had no idea in which direction I wanted to go. I really couldn’t get over the fact I was even heading back to school as I must admit I was one of those teens that could not stand school and really believed I wasn’t a great student so I had given up on any possibility of college even before I graduated high school. 

It wasn’t until I met the director of the Women’s Center, Christine Paull, at Portland Community College that I started to believe I can do this! And I started thinking about my time in high school and the one thing that was missing; a mentor. Someone to push me and give me constructive criticism. I didn’t have that. My parents did the best they could; providing a loving home and support but coming from another country where higher education isn’t exactly a priority, it wasn’t something that was pushed upon us. 

Along my journey I had the opportunity to meet some great women in higher ed such as the Director of Portland State’s TRiO, Linda Liu and my TRiO advisor Renee Kim, who guided me providing the tools and support I needed to succeed. 

Meeting all these wonderful women along the way made me realize that I can make a difference in the lives of students who are now walking the same footsteps as I once did when I was in high school. 

Being a Student Recruitment Specialist has given me the opportunity to meet students and help guide them into higher education and make them realize it is possible! And to have these same students remember me and see me as someone they can come to with questions and support is the biggest reward I could have asked for.

Some advice that I can pass on to others is never underestimate the positive impact we can have on the students we serve and if you truly believe and care in what you are doing, we can change the lives of those students who believe going to college is out of reach. 

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