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A Women's Perspective on Education and Romance

College life can be intruding both in personal and social lives, but there are also advantages, such as an education and a possible romance. Can students today juggle both the responsibility of going to college and maintaining a relationship or must one be sacrificed for the other?

At Moreno Valley College, many female students struggle with the academic demands, while looking for or being in a relationship. What are the odds that one may fail or both can be dealt with in a healthy and productive way? College students provide their opinion, and share their key to keeping up with their future goals.

Patrice Henderson, a 22-year-old Moreno Valley resident, has been attending Moreno Valley College since 2008. After taking a 2-year leave, she returns with her mind set on her future as a Dentist Hygienist. "Coming back to MVC was strictly business, my classes and my degree, no romance," Patrice comments. A participant in the Black Renaissance Program and cheer team, Patrice has a lot on her plate, but with confidence in her ability to meet the demands of education and romance, Patrice remains open to the subject. "Coming back helped me move forward, it helped research my own inhibitions." Patrice believes that everything happens for a reason. She quotes from Phil. 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Some people may know the consequences as well as the benefits of having a relationship, but as people grow and learn new things, there are also lessons to be learned.

For 25-year-old Deanna De Costa, driving all the way from Ontario, California, is no easy trip on the highway of her life. Majoring in nursing, Deanna is working on her prerequisites for LVN at MVC for the first time. A happy mother of two children, she shares her struggle and the downfall of having a relationship and going to school. Previously in a relationship in high school, both education and romance collided, causing a few setbacks in Deanna's future goals. "I was not considering my education and graduating, I was too concerned about my personal relationship," Deanna remarks. Looking back, Deanna is enthusiastic about coming to MVC, and she notes that her education comes first. "I'm coming to MVC to build a better future for myself and my children, to make myself a better candidate for a relationship."

Some say love conquers all, but what does that mean when your education is on the line?

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For two young couple, it’s a matter of communication and always supporting each other. Nineteen-year-old Jose Miguel Delgado, who resides in Homeland, California, and Silvia Pantoja, who resides in Nuevo, have been together for nine months. Silvia has been coming to MVC for two years, aiming towards a degree in dentistry, while as her companion a year, major remains undecided. As if distance cannot separate these two lovebirds, neither the choice between education and romance. Working out the kinks in their relationship, both MVC students are able to balance both aspects of their lives without any difficulty. Silvia comments," By staying strong kept us together."

 
 

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