Name: Alicia Guzman-Pantoja

Age: 19

Hometown: Ellijay

High school: Gilmer High School

Major: General studies

Expected graduation date: 2020

Why did you choose Dalton State? I chose Dalton State College because it is close to home; I wasn’t in a hurry to move away.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan on going to graduate school. As of now, I would like to become a psychologist. I want to counsel individuals with mental disorders and other personal issues. I would also like to visit Greece, Egypt, and Hawaii.

Who is/was your favorite professor and why? Dr. Tammy Byron is my favorite. Dr. Byron is great at keeping me engaged and interested. When she is teaching, I don’t feel like I’m in a classroom trying to remember information for a future test.

What are some of your biggest achievements or accomplishments at Dalton State? I made the Dean’s List.

Where is your favorite study spot? I love studying anywhere that is outside.

Where is your favorite hangout? Anywhere that involves being outdoors

Favorite comfort food? Fruit loops. Love ‘em

What is your guilty pleasure? Popcorn. It tastes delicious, and I could eat it all day. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? A lip balm, a hair ribbon, the Bible, my laptop, and another lip balm. 

If you won the lottery, what would you do? I would travel to poor countries and help communities rise up from poverty. I would also use a portion of the money to buy meet and greet tickets to see Selena Gomez! Oh, and shopping!

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I would love to learn sign language. It seems so complex, and I would love to be able to communicate with an individual using this form of communication.

What cheers you up? Everything Selena Gomez.

Who is your hero? My mom. She is the sweetest person EVER, and she is such an amazing role model.

What is your favorite childhood memory? Making cakes out of mud and tacos out of leaves.

What is your favorite app? Spotify. I love listening to music.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to be a racecar driver, the president, an astronaut, and a nutritionist.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Roadrunner Nation? It means trying to push myself beyond my limits in order to become the person that I want to be in the future. Dalton State is a great place to begin.