March 21, 2016
By Troy Wilde
Tucson, AZ – Eden Eaton, a 20 year old junior at the University of Arizona, may be unlike the majority of Americans – because, she loves math.
Eden is working hard and getting good grades in her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Science with an emphasis on math in the computer science track. Many people may run away from all things math but Eden is running towards it, “I have always been really good at math and people always tell me that, ‘Why would I do math? It’s scary and sounds crazy.’ Yeah it’s a little crazy but I still enjoy it.”
Some jobs may offer big financial rewards, while others are less lucrative but more fulfilling. Eden says she’s pondering a career in technology versus working as a mentor for students, “I’m hoping to go into a field where I can use my computer science skills such as working for Google or Amazon or Intel. But I am also considering going down the path of advising – being an adviser, academic adviser, college adviser, anything like that, so I have two very different options in my hands here.”
Eden adds that working part-time as a peer adviser at the U of A has inspired her to the point of considering it as a career path.
Eden and her sister grew up in Nogales, raised by their single mother. Eden says her mom always made spending time her daughters a top priority:
“We didn’t have a lot of stuff growing up but we had each other so that was perfectly fine with us. She always pushed us to do well in school and she even worked a part-time job so that she could spend more time with us. I fully realize and appreciate now that she gave up extra income so that she could spend more time with us.”
Eden graduated from Nogales High School and went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona which she says, “Helped me avoid student debt completely so far. It would not have been possible for me to go to college without it.”
College Success Arizona success adviser Matt Sotelo has been Eden’s mentor since she started college, “He’s been a great adviser – listens to my problems and helps me out a lot. It’s not just superficial, which I appreciate about these college success coaches. I feel that Matt cares more because he actually asks me about my family, he asks me about my schooling, he tries to help me as much as he possibly can.”
The college experience often matures students – making them more confident and determined. Eden says, “I definitely feel more grown up after attending college, it’s made my shell a little harder. I feel like now that I’ve been in college I’ve definitely failed a couple of times, but I realize now that it’s okay as long as I keep getting up and keep trying harder.”
Eden encourages grade school students considering college to be prepared. “Well, definitely it’s not easy. People might make it seem easy with the partying and the fun times. But if you’re serious about your career, serious about wanting to grow as a person and mature, then it’s going to be hard. It’s definitely something you have to be prepared for mentally, and it’s okay to fail but just get back up and keep trying.”
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