Jenci Muniz-Mendoza is a third-year TRIO SSS student majoring in pre-business. She has been involved in TRIO programs since her freshman year of high school when she joined TRIO Upward Bound. She really enjoyed the connections she made and the help she received in preparing for college. Jenci started out at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids after graduating high school and joined SSS there.
When Jenci transferred to the University of Iowa she continued her tenure in TRIO by joining the SSS program. She frequented the TRIO office space and seeing familiar faces (UB & SSS staff, former UB students) on such a large campus made her feel more at home. As a new transfer student, she joined Step II of the TRIO SSS Steps to Success class. She thought the class was fun, liked the information and the little reminders of free services and resources, and enjoyed getting to know people through the class.
Jenci never thought she would go to college, but through Upward Bound she gained the support, knowledge and tools she would need. SSS is helping her to succeed in college. TRIO programs have been such a big part of her life that this year she came full circle by working as a resident mentor for the UB summer program.