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Jocelyn Urbina

If money or commitments weren’t factors, what career would you pick?

I’d be a full time traveler! I want to see a lot of things I haven’t seen before.


What electives were most important to you?

Journalism and Robotics. They allowed me to try leadership and are different. They push me to become a leader and grow a lot in ways I never thought I would.


What college will you go to?

UC Davis, majoring in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences. I love hands-on learning and always envisioned myself working in a lab. In Robotics, I learned to build something from scratch. Then in career incubator the drug company Merck came and showed how pharmaceutical engineers build medicines. And it really hit me!


What is one thing you’ll definitely take from your room to your college dorm?

My giant baby Yoda Squishmallow. It’s become like this giant pillow where I can do my work on my bed.


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Completing SRI because I did it on the International Whaling Commission. Instead of a 20 minute presentation, I did 40 minutes. I never could imagine myself being able to stand in a room with so many people. But I did it and got an A!


What role does your family play in your life right now?

My twin Stephany is a big part of my support system. She and I get each other a lot. And then my mom — sometimes she doesn’t know how to help us because she didn’t go to school but she always has an encouraging word, or some word from God. And then my dad doesn’t say much, but shows his love by giving gifts, like he goes fishing and always brings us the biggest fish. Then there’s my older sister. We have conversations at 2 a.m. for her to give us advice.


What’s your favorite nostalgic TV show?

Arthur. It’s just a piece of my childhood. It just takes me back and I’m like, ahh, nice!

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