Born in the Philippines, Mikhaela Frondozo moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. Like many immigrants, she found assimilating challenging at times, adapting to a new environment, new culture and a new way of life. However, Mikhaela was never one to let a challenge stop her. That was evident in the way she moved forward in life with determination and purpose.
CCBC 2022 Graduate
President's Distinguished Graduate Award recipient
When Mikhaela enrolled at CCBC, she was very focused on her studies. She managed to complete her degree within two years; yet, she packed a lot into her two-year experience. Despite facing some struggles with online learning brought on by the coronavirus, she persevered and found ways to stay engaged and get involved.
“Initially, I felt discouraged because it was difficult to create meaningful connections learning virtually,” said Mikhaela. “However, once I joined the Honors Program, I began to grow as a student.”
Not only did Mikhaela join the Honors Program, she also became the Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa Chi Theta, an executive board member of the Student Government Association, and a Student Senator. Additionally, she participated as a Lead Scholar in the Mellon’s Scholars program, an enriched academic opportunity that values research, learning, and experience.
Mikhaela attributes much of her college success to the great opportunities CCBC provides for academic as well as personal growth. Overall, she says it has been an amazing experience.
“My two years at CCBC seemed to pass within a blink of an eye,” said Mikhaela. “Yet, my experience has been unforgettable. I consider it an immense honor to be a part of the CCBC family.”
Mikhaela’s many accomplishments on campus is what led to her receiving the 2022 President’s Distinguished Graduate award. This award includes a $2,500 transfer scholarship and is given annually to an outstanding student who has shown exemplary leadership and a commitment to help others.
Mikhaela graduates from CCBC with a 3.95 GPA and a degree in General Studies. Her plans are to transfer to a four-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to go to law school and earn her Juris Doctor degree. She attributes her interest in law to her grandmother and aunt who have practiced law.