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Johnny Garcia-Ventura

Johnny sitting and smiling at the camera.

When Johnny Garcia-Ventura came to AACC, he wasn’t sure where to start. Along the way, though, he found a path and leadership opportunities.

“I thought it was just going to be as simple as taking five classes a semester, walking in, walking out and then grabbing the diploma at the end,” he said. “But so much more has happened and I'm very grateful for that.”

Garcia-Ventura not only majored in psychology but also pursued a certificate in gender and sexuality studies, completed an honors project, was president of the Psychology club and was a supplemental instructor. Supplemental instructors are students who hold optional study sessions outside of a class.

“SI (supplemental instruction) has been such a life-changing program. Not only have I learned more about ... psychology, but I really learned how to communicate with others,” Garcia-Ventura said.

His advice for any student? Take classes that are interesting even if they seem challenging. They often lead to the most influential opportunities.

Learn about Supplemental Instruction at AACC.