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TP/SS Student Spotlight: Adela Lungu

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Category: Features

Published: 2018-10-29 00:00:01.000

Each month during the fall and spring semesters, we select a student to be part of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Student Spotlight series. These students demonstrate a strong commitment to both their education and their community, and exemplify how MC empowers its students to change their lives. You can see student spotlights on the campus webpage here:

This month, meet Adela Lungu.

Ms. Lungu was 20 when she moved to the U.S. by herself from her home country of Moldova in 2013. Three years earlier, her father died due to medical malpractice at a hospital that she says demanded bribes for treatment even though Moldova officially has universal healthcare. Not wanting to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse among such rampant and pervasive corruption, Ms. Lungu made the difficult choice to start a new life in America.

"I had to start life from zero in a country where I had no family and only a basic level of English, but a lot of hopes and a desire to succeed," Ms. Lungu said. "I had a lot of nights sleeping just two to three hours because I worked three jobs to support myself while also studying, but I knew that all this work would make my dreams a reality."

After spending several years improving her English and adjusting to her new life, Ms. Lungu decided she was ready to go to college and enrolled at MC last fall. She just applied to the Nursing Program after completing her pre-requisites.

In addition to taking classes and working multiple part-time jobs, Ms. Lungu is a student senator, a member of the Advanced iLead Program, and a learning assistant (LA) in Biology. LA's work under the guidance of a faculty mentor to help teach students in STEM courses and labs. LA's give mini-lectures during class, and also lead study and review sessions for students outside of class.

Ms. Lungu said she enjoys being an LA because there are "a lot of opportunities to feel happy." For example, she said she loves when she helps a student with the course material, and the student then gets better results on the next test or assignment.

"I like to be involved. I always loved it in high school; to organize things, contribute, and help people," Ms. Lungu said. As to why she joined the student senate, she says, "Being a senator is being a voice for students."

Ms. Lungu organizes her busy schedule carefully to make sure she also has time to volunteer for the Red Cross whenever possible.

"To all Montgomery College students I would like to say: If you have the desire and will, everything is possible. Just try harder every time you didn't succeed and never give up," Ms. Lungu said.

Here are her answers to the Student Spotlight Questionnaire:

1. What is your major?


2. When do you intend to graduate and/or transfer?

If I do nursing at MC, December 2020. If I transfer, my last semester would be Spring 2019.

3. What do you like most about Montgomery College?

The diversity and opportunities. If you have the desire, everything is possible to achieve.

4. What are some of your hobbies?

Between being a full time student and having several jobs it's very hard to have time for hobbies. When I do have the time I go to my kickboxing classes or I read books that are not related to school, just to relax. Also, spending time with my friends or my Goddaughter are things that I love.

5. What would be your ideal dream vacation?

Going back home to see my family, most importantly my grandparents - they are too old to not see them for too long a period of time.

6. What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

Whatever my mother wants. She deserves it the most.

7. What's your favorite childhood memory?

My last birthday party when my father was still alive.

8. What was the last movie you watched?

The one that I remember is "The Magic Pill," a documentary that I recommend to everyone. Maybe there were other ones since, but I don't remember.

9. What was the last sport or music concert event you attended?

Concert. Jay-Z and Beyonce On The Run II Tour back in July, a present for my mom when she was visiting.

10. What would be your dream job?

Nurse, working in OR.

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