Meet OCC 2023 Grads: Hope Pacheco

Hope Pacheco

Hope has never been one for change but has learned to accept it, not be fearful of it and knows it can benefit her. She made a big change in her career goals while attending OCC, deciding to pursue a career in history instead of becoming a veterinarian. She says if you want something in life, go for it and see where it takes you.

Degree: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Transfer Studies Certificate 
Program: Oakland Accelerated College Experience (ACE)
Major: History
Student Involvement/Honors: Secretary, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Highland Lakes Chapter; Dean’s List

Hear more from Hope

Q: How has all of the change in the past two years affected your worldview and plans for the future?
A: I feel like in the beginning of COVID everything was stressful and now there’s a greater sense of peace to the world. I appreciate people are using their voices to impact the world in a good way.

Q: What were your biggest accomplishments at OCC?
A: The ACE program and how I’ve done academically in the past three years. I’m also proud I joined PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) and became secretary. I’m able to walk in my mom’s footsteps. She was involved with PTK at Auburn Hills campus when she was a student at OCC.

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I am proud of being an ACE graduate. I found a new career path, made new friends, worked on myself and earned two associate degrees at (age) 18.

“OCC has provided me with a better education, and I have been able to learn what college is like at a younger age than most people. I appreciate the impact OCC has had on me, and I understand what classes will be like when I transfer to a university.”

Q: What kind of support have you received from OCC faculty and staff?
A: I appreciate Dr. Valerie Emanoil (Faculty History) for letting me job shadow. She is the person I based my career change on. Professor Shawn Dry (Faculty History) challenged me to be a better student. He wants to hear our thoughts, and I appreciate that from him.

Q: What are the next steps?
A: I was accepted to the University of Michigan Dearborn. I plan to major in history and minor in art history and get my PhD to become a history professor.

Q: If you had to pick one thing you’re taking away from your experiences at OCC, what would it be? 
A: Making good connections with faculty and administration really helps you in the end. The professors are here to see you succeed. I need to take that with me in the next step of my educational journey. It really helped me succeed at OCC.