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Jose Mondaca Biography

Name: Jose Antonio Mondaca

Hometown:Yakima, WA

Current Standing: Junior

Major: Chemistry


Research or Scholarly Interests: Interested in chemical reactions and what if there is a possibility to reverse CO2 emissions to reduce greenhouse gases. What is the best way to convey a concept to students, and how to be able to relate concepts to the world around us so as a future teacher, my teaching of chemistry will be fruitful, and have the students leave the classroom thinking about chemistry.

What do you like about being in SOLVER?

What I like about SOLVER is the ability to get to know your cohort and the ability for the program to help me as a student to succeed with the services offered and the ability to have  a learning living community so I have people nearby to ask for help if needed.

What drew you to majoring in "STEM" (the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics)? 

What drew me to majoring in the STEM field is that I found chemistry quite fascinating. The first time I was acquainted with science was in the fifth grade, it wasall quite interested in the part of how things lived in different environments and their own ecosystems. It was in middle school that science was about what we could observe and experiment with observable. It was also in middle school where I was participating in other programs that allowed me to see what chemistry was really like when I visited Yakima Valley College. This was the most interesting part because it was then that I found out that everything was made up entirely of these really small things called atoms. then I was continuing the program where there were other demonstrations, like the elephant toothpaste, there was even an experiment done where liquid was changing colors for the longest time until it turned completely black. It was then in high school how easily I was able to understand chemistry, and I enjoyed it so why not teach others and feel the same enthusiasm I felt and still feel.

What advice would you give to high school or college students who think they might be interested in STEM subjects?

Advice I would give for high school and college students is that the toughest part of any career is learning the concepts. It is only after you have gone through the educational requirements and obtained your career that it is easier. The reason is that you are applying the concepts you already learned and know. Another piece of advice is that you should always ask your professor, or classmates for help. It doesn't mean you are dumb, it just means you need a better explanation and you have the desire to learn. Last piece of advice is that we all have our bad days, whether it be a low test or quiz grade, it just means that you need to try harder, look over what you missed and you'll ave the next assessment, because it only pushes you to do better.



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