Dianne Pedrozza

L.A. girl. Runner. Not just a number.

"I'm Dianne. I'm not just a number."

I chose Ripon for three reasons: I felt welcomed. If I attended Ripon, coach said I had a spot on the cross country team. The third reason was that Ripon seemed like a family-oriented community and college.

Here, I have the relationships that other students who went to a bigger school do not have. I get the attention that I need. If I went to UCLA, I’m just a number in their school. But going to Ripon, I’m Dianne, I’m not just a number.

Plus, Ripon's acceptance rate into graduate school is really high, and I’m looking at the big picture. I want to go to graduate school.

"I’m a family person, and I feel that Ripon is my family now."
"The courses at Ripon are challenging, but we have resources and we can ask our professors for help."

During the summer of 2015, Dianne participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program in mathematics at California State University-Channel Islands. She and four other students worked to solve Matrix Completion Problems.

"Ripon College helps me find myself, find who I want to be and what I want to do with my life."

I’ve been running for about seven years now. Running has always kept me balanced with school. I feel if I stopped running, I wouldn’t be able to focus. I am part of the cross country and track and field teams at Ripon.