First-year BCCC bioengineering student Toni Guiriba knows what it’s like to manage change. She came to BCCC after moving to Baltimore all the way from the Philippines, when her mother who held a teaching job here suggested she try a community college to save on the cost of tuition over a large university, and build her experiences and credentials one project at a time. This made sense to Toni, who as valedictorian of her elementary and high school classes was always a high achiever but found herself having to start from scratch in a new country. Today, through the help of key mentors such as BCCC math professor Marianna Gleger, Toni is leading her peers to new heights of personal and academic accomplishment.
As a summer 2012 intern in the National Institutes of Health’s Community College Summer Enrichment Program – for which she was recommended by Professor Gleger and is the sole student selected to represent BCCC – Toni performs research under a Principal Investigator at the National Institute on Aging. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and was presented an American Chemical Society certificate for outstanding achievement in Chemistry this past April. She plans to graduate from BCCC in June 2013 with an associate of science degree in engineering transfer, with which she seeks to combine her interest in bioengineering with nanotechnology.