Kim Tsuyuki
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Jordan Garcia has always had a love for reading and stories, which led her to choose English as her major. 

Garcia’s mom read to her very frequently as a child, and this shaped her love for English: “I have loved reading ever since I was nine, and the first series I ever fell in love with was The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner.” This contributed to her choosing to transfer to Whittier in Fall 2019.

Jordan Garcia in her cap and gown.

“I chose Whittier College because it was a private university, and the benefits that come with that type of learning environment is something I really wanted to have during my time in undergrad. I have also had quite a few family members graduate from Whittier College and was happy I could continue the tradition,” said Garcia. She accomplished a lot during the two years she was at Whittier, despite only getting to physically attend for seven months.

She was brought out of her comfort zone when she got the opportunity to work at Wardman Library, and she had to learn the ways of customer service and communication. “Getting the opportunity to work at Wardman Library will always be a crucial highlight for my time at Whittier, and will be a time I will cherish and never forget. A job has to be pretty special if someone enjoys working night shifts,” said Garcia. However, the pandemic led her from the library to the Quaker Campus.

Garcia was looking for a remote position because she could no longer work at Wardman Library due to the College shutting down. “Tori O’Campo, the QC’s Editor-in-Chief, was in an English class with me. There was a day where we were both taking part in a group discussion, [and] she mentioned that the QC was hiring copy editors. This instantly piqued my interest because, at one point, I wanted to become an editor.” Since then, Garcia has been a wonderful addition to the QC copy editing team.

Jordan Garcia standing with flowers.“I have definitely enjoyed working at the QC,” Garcia said. She got the opportunity to learn what it was like to be a copy editor and learn how to edit. As Arts & Entertainment editor, I got the pleasure to edit some fantastic articles she wrote on K-Pop and BTS. Garcia enjoys listening to a lot of K-Pop, and one of her favorite groups is BTS, so she wrote about their Grammy nomination, and then wrote a follow-up piece on how problematic their loss was. “If I can give credit to COVID for anything, it is that I got the opportunity to work at my college newspaper, which I do not know if I would have had time to do if I had been able to go back to my previous position.”

However, the pandemic took a toll on Garcia and the remainder of her college career. “I started in Fall 2019 and then had to switch to online learning in March 2020, like everyone else.  I wasn’t even able to have a full year of in-person learning at Whittier, nor was I able to finish a full year working at Wardman Library, which, as I said previously, was also a job I dearly loved,” she said. She could not form friendships the same way as she would have in person; she could not enjoy her favorite study room, or just being on campus in general. “Basically, the pandemic robbed me of my full undergraduate experience, and I will never have the opportunity to get that back.”

Garcia also struggled with her mental health and a decline in motivation: “My bedroom has served as my classroom, workspace, job, and place of relaxation all rolled up into one — making my bedroom space no longer used for me just to unwind.” However, there was one professor who stayed consistent throughout online learning and made classes a joy to take. “I would love to give credit to one professor who stayed consistent through this entire online experience and made every class I took with him a complete and utter joy — Dr. Sean Morris. Thank you, Dr. Morris, for being the best part of my off and online learning experience at Whittier College,” she said. Garcia also gives credit to the support and council from her family and God for helping her deal with the frustrations of online learning.

Jordan Garcia in her cap and gown.After graduation, Garcia plans on taking the summer off to officially recuperate from this challenging year and possibly work a summer job as well. In the fall, she plans on attending San Jose State University’s online Library Science program. “My major eventually led me to decide that I wanted to become a librarian because I realized a job where I could be surrounded by books and help others find new stories or information would be a very enjoyable and rewarding career for me,” she said. She hopes to finish the program in three years or less, and to either obtain a position at Cerritos Library or another college as an official librarian.

While her time at Whittier was short, she, nevertheless, made a great impact. With her experience at the Wardman Library and the skills she learned from her time at the Quaker Campus, I have no doubt that she will be a wonderful librarian.

 

Featured Image: Courtesy of Jordan Garcia

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  • Kim Tsuyuki

    Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

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