Lake-Sumter State College student Angelica Ceron has a passion for learning and growing. She keeps busy on campus and is always looking for new opportunities to develop skills that will support her career goals.
At LSSC, she’s part of the Health Science Collegiate Academy (HSCA), an immersive experience that allows high school students the opportunity to take college courses and get a hands-on look at health professions. And she’s the president of the South Lake Campus Student Government Association (SGA)!
Ceron, a Montverde native, is currently a senior at Lake Minneola High School while simultaneously completing her sophomore year of college.
“I took higher-level classes in my freshman and sophomore years of high school and have been enrolled full-time at LSSC since my junior year,” Ceron explains.
Ceron began her journey with HSCA when she was initially interviewed in 8th grade. She has always had an interest in pursuing a career in the medical field and felt that this program would assist her in reaching her goals.
“HSCA seemed like a great opportunity to get a head start on college and help me plan for my career in health care,” Ceron said. “Plus, as a dual enrollment student, I have the privilege of attending LSSC and getting my A.A. degree at no cost.”
In addition to the HSCA program, Ceron leads the charge for the South Lake SGA as this year’s president. In fact, Ceron was recognized for her hard work and dedication when she was selected as the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) Student of the Month for October 2022.
“I am so proud that Angelica was chosen as Student for the Month for FCSSGA,” says Jennifer Unterbrink, LSSC Director of Student Life. “She has made such a positive change to the SGA and the student life here at the South Lake Campus. I believe the more we can empower and celebrate the success of our students, the more we will see their confidence soar. Angelica is certainly an excellent example of this.”
Ceron joined the SGA last year as a 16-year-old. “It was incredibly scary to sit on the board and lead people who were older than me.” Now though, Ceron has grown into her role and embraced the leadership opportunity SGA provides.
She recognizes the value of SGA and recommends other students get involved too.
“When you’re involved in SGA, you get to have a say in what happens at the school and can be part of the process,” she says. “Plus, SGA plans and hosts great events for students. This semester, we’ve had a Voter Registration Rally, Pumpkin Bowling, and outdoor movies.”
When Ceron is not in class or leading the SGA, one of her favorite passions is painting.
“I paint murals for volunteer hours and just recently painted an LSSC logo in the student club room on campus,” she said.
Some of her favorite memories at LSSC involve hanging out in the student lounge with her friends. Between playing pool, using the TV for study sessions, and more, she loves the student lounge is truly a space for everyone.
Ceron’s mother also attends LSSC and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
“We’ve had to take some of the same courses, actually, so it’s been funny trying to align our schedules so we’re not in the same class,” she explains. Ceron is inspired by seeing her mom continue her education while working full time and being a mom. “It makes me want to be a better student,” she says.
“If I had to describe my experience at LSSC in one word, it would be rewarding.” Ceron says. “Graduating with my A.A. degree will be one of my greatest accomplishments. I’ll be sad to leave the school and friends, but I’m looking forward to what comes next.”
Thanks to DirectConnect to UCF® that next step is already in place. She will seamlessly transfer to the University of Central Florida next fall.
Her advice for those considering enrolling at LSSC would be to stay on top of their course work and leave time to take care of their mental health.
“The staff at LSSC are eager to assist you and are more than willing to work with you to ensure that you are successful.”
Learn more about LSSC’s Student Government Association and other campus organizations here.