TRUCKEE, Calif. — Nineteen-year-old, Truckee High School alumnus Jesus “Jesse” Villa has been accepted as a transfer student at Chico State University. Villa will use the 54 credits he earned on the Tahoe-Truckee campus of Sierra College to move closer to reaching his educational goals. He hopes to be a physician someday.
Villa said of high school, “I was lost and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.” He credits Tahoe Truckee Unified School District counselor Mrs. Falk and La Plaza counselor Emily Wexler with pushing him to succeed. “They taught me that if you want something, you need to work hard for it.”
At Sierra College, he particularly enjoyed Mechatronics with Claudio Bravo, and English with Christina Nemec. He is thankful to have had teachers who believed in his ability to make it. Villa noted many Mexican-American young men think they have very few options. “So many people I know live paycheck to paycheck, or end up getting a girl pregnant,” he said. Villa has different plans for himself. “There are not many Latino doctors, and I would like to change that.”
Villa hopes his accomplishments inspire other Latino men to “work hard and make good choices for themselves.” Villa is the first in his family to graduate from high school and he is pleased to be setting a good example for his younger brothers and sisters. At Chico State, he will major in biology and minor in psychology.