May 09, 2016

During his two years at Century College, Horticulture major and 2016 graduate Ricardo Pagba, Jr., originally from the Philippines, found a nurturing environment where he could excel. A Dean’s List student with a GPA of 3.75, Ricardo strengthened his language skills with the help of his English as a Second Language (ESOL) teachers. “Education is a ladder which helps you reach your goal,” he notes.

The two Century College Foundation scholarships he received not only made college affordable, they also opened doors to meeting new friends in the larger Century College community. Ricardo received the Matsukichi and Ushii Nakasone Scholarship, and was befriended by the Nakasone family. He also received the “Learn to Grow” (Horticulture) Scholarship, and did an internship in the Century College Horticulture Department. 

Additionally, his involvement in campus life definitely helped build on his strengths as a natural networker. He organized the Annual International Student Festival (Festival of Nations) and volunteered with the Horticulture Club, and with the Multicultural Center.

Ricardo believes in giving back as a way of life. ”In building friendships and in volunteering, you are sharing your talent and ideas–you’re building yourself and building your career, too,” Ricardo added.  

Ricardo offers this advice for new Century College students: “Try to reach out and connect to others, and learn about cultures that are different from your own.”

Learn more about the Century College Horticulture Program, scholarship opportunities, and campus life