Amanda Garcia

​California State University Channel Islands
Santé Health Systems Scholar

My education has taught me an appreciation for service and a commitment to those in need."

An ambitious nursing student and mother, Amanda Garcia decided to return to school after struggling to raise two children. She was accepted into the nursing program at California State University Channel Islands after completing her associate degree with high honors while working at Costco, being a Certified Nursing Assistant at night and attending school full-time.

Even without the resources to fully fund her education, Amanda is determined to be the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Amanda was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi and Mortar Board Senior Honor Societies for her exceptional academic performance and exemplary commitment to community service.

Now in her second year at CSUCI, Amanda aspires to be a critical care nurse, earning a doctorate of nursing practice in anesthesia, and hopes to inspire those in difficult situations to pursue their goals and dreams..