Meet Our Team – Angelica Delgadillo
This is the first in a series of interviews with the College Success Arizona team.
Starting with this feature, and continuing through the next year, we’ll be taking a closer look at the College Success Arizona team, the people that make all that we do happen. We’ll be asking the normal “tell us a little about yourself” questions, but also delving a little deeper into each team member’s personality, and what makes them who they are.
Our first subject is Angelica Delgadillo, one of our Success Advisers who also works in community outreach.
What is your role at College Success Arizona?
My role has changed in the last month. I was a Success Adviser for a little over four years. During those four years, I assisted with some of our community outreach and fundraising events. My role has no shifted into a modified role, focusing primarily on identifying and developing donor campaigns, outreach opportunities
Please share with us a little bit about your background.
I am originally from El Paso, Texas and I moved here in 1997. I think it is great being from a border town. It teaches you to be more accepting of others. I’ve been in the non-profit world for about 12 years now.
How did you come to be associated with College Success Arizona?
A former colleague introduced me to College Success Arizona, and I volunteered and reviewed scholarship applications during application season. I also presented at the student leadership symposium every January in regards to civic engagement. I secretly hoped to be able to work for them.
What is the best thing about working with students (or your job)?
There are lots of ‘best’ things, but the best would have to be the difference you make in a student’s life. The evolution of the student from freshman year to senior year is amazing. And, to know that you had a part in that, is incredible. Even though my role has evolved more into community outreach and fundraising, the students are still the best part. They keep you young and pretty current, but also the impact we have on the students, and the difference we can make, is a very fulfilling job.
Why do you feel increasing Arizona’s College Attainment Rate is so important?
I think as a state and as a nation we have dropped the ball on education. I believe the only way to create better communities, increase economic development, and actually make a difference in the state is by making sure our students stay in school and achieve a form of higher education.
What other projects, activities, groups, are you involved in?
At this moment, I am the Board Vice-Chair for Leading for Change a political leadership development organization. I am also a member of the Latina Giving Circle. The Latina Giving Circle focuses on building a multimillion-dollar endowed fund to support Arizona communities, with special emphasis on Latino populations. I also volunteer for a variety of activities and programs with the Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus Pine Council.
What’s the best thing about working for College Success Arizona:
Working as a team and knowing the impact that one can have on an entire community, state, country. By helping one student, you could be changing the course of history!
What is your vision for the Arizona of the future?
My vision for Arizona would be equality. And what I mean by equality is that opportunities are given to everyone. A lot of the time we associate equality with race, and to me, it’s more about class, and I don’t think there should be distinctions between classes. I think opportunities should be given to everyone, so that we all can benefit from the state’s economic growth.
If you had a message for a student just beginning their college career, what would that be?
I have three messages geared to our freshmen:
- The way you feel right now in your new school, is the way every other student feels. You are not alone.
- The major you pick today, may not be the major you graduate with… and that is okay.
- The only way to guarantee yourself a career at the end of your college career, is to start networking now!
Basic statistics – (hometown, family, etc.):
Born in El Paso, Texas. Mom and dad are from Northern and Central Mexico, both have been U. S. citizens since 1990. My brother is a US Navy Veteran. My better half is Henrik Engman. He is from Sweden and has been in the states for 1.5 yrs. We recently adopted a cute little dog, Master Yoda. He has huge ears.
What was your First or most interesting job:
In my past life, I was a casting agent and modeling booking agent in Texas and Arizona.
What is your career history:
Ready?… Waitress, magazine stylist assistant, eye doctor assistant, retail, booking agent, Spanish teacher for Phoenix Police & Fire, Supervisor United States Census Bureau, Program Assistant at the Piper Trust, Community Outreach Manager for Heard Museum, and Community Outreach Director for Center for Progressive Leadership, and now College Success Arizona.
What are your hobbies/favorite pastime:
I do a lot of things for fun, like volunteering, friends, wine, music, real estate, and British comedies. I think their sense of humor is just so smart!
What is your favorite quote or motto:
Motto – Try anything at least once!
Quote – I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain (We would have been friends.)
What is your Favorite TV show:
Way too many to choose from. I can go from Game of Thrones / Walking Dead to re-runs of Fraiser, Miranda and marathons of Law & Order. (Chung Chung!)
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without:
My rosary. It is so old and I’ve put it back together several times. It helps with my meditation.
What is your Culinary specialty:
Bruschetta. I took a cooking class for an entire semester to support a friend of mine in her major. May sound simple, but I rock at making Bruschetta.
What’s your guilty pleasure:
Little notebooks. I LOVE journals/notebooks. I have piles of them at home. And, anything that includes, cheese, wine and chocolate.
Do you have a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or other!) social media account:
Yes, all of them and LinkedIn (smiley face)
What’s the band you’d listen to for the rest of your life:
Too many, but top of the list are: Beatles, Led Zepplin, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, The Doors, the Ramones, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Alice N Chains, NIN, Oasis, Beastie Boys, Blur, Dixie Chicks, Alabama, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Rage Against the Machine, Lumineers, TV On the Radio, Saint Motel, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band… And, that is just English music. I LOVE music.
What is your proudest moment:
When I asked a previous employer if they would be willing to pay for my college tuition and they said yes! Wow!
“When I’m not working you’ll find me..”:
I love to be home. Every now and then I grab a cup of coffee and drive, drive, drive. I like being out and discovering new places.
If you had a theme song, what would it be:
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Ha!
What would you want your superpower to be:
To FLY! I have those dreams from time to time.
What’s your favorite movie:
Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Amelie, and anything from Wes Anderson and Hayao Miyazaki.
Name a game show you would win:
Pictionary. Is there a Pictionary Gameshow?