Alyssa Magalong was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. She graduated with her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) in Rangely, CO. She then transferred to Western Colorado University (WCU) in Gunnison, CO, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts with a Strategic Communication emphasis and double minors in Business Administration and Sociology. While attending WCU and CNCC, Alyssa earned academic and athletic scholarships; she was able to pursue her goal of playing volleyball at the collegiate level (NCAA DII and NJCAA).
During her college and professional career, Alyssa served in various leadership roles to include being the Campus Visit Coordinator and Marketing Associate at WCU, an Admissions Advisor for an international study abroad program, Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and Vice-President of the Asian Pacific Islanders Club.
Alyssa values getting involved on and off campus, and feels the most fulfilled when she is serving others. She is enthusiastic to be a member of the Arapahoe Community College team and to assist in empowering and serving students.
What town do you call home?
I was born and raised in southern Colorado Springs, CO.
Have you ever taken a class or received a degree from a community college?
Yes! I received my Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, CO.
A little something about Alyssa
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved volunteering in my community. Whether it is participating in a community trash clean-up, serving lunch at a Senior Center, or hosting hair donating events for women undergoing cancer treatment, I enjoy helping and connecting with others. Two years ago, I started my “Think Global, Act Local” initiative where volunteers and I repurpose and crochet clean, plastic grocery bags to be made into sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness. To date, we’ve repurposed over 12,000 plastic bags!
If you could travel anywhere – where would you go and who would you take with you?
I would travel throughout Europe and visit Germany, France, and Italy. I’ve never been to any countries in Europe. It’s on my bucket list!
Favorite dish or type of food to eat
Does dessert count?! I have a huge sweet tooth. While I like all types of desserts, my favorites are bread pudding and red velvet cake. When I visited South Korea for a month, one of my favorite experiences was going to all of the themed cafes and eating the endless desserts with my coffee.
Quote or Advice for Community College students
When I was a high school and college student, I disliked mock interviews because the nerves got the best of me; however, I did it anyway because I knew I needed practice. I also didn’t know what I wanted to study, so I reached out to professionals in the industries that I was interested in to see if I could shadow them for a day. I tell you my story because we grow the most outside of our comfort zones. I encourage you to keep moving forward towards your goals and aspirations, even if the unknown may feel uncomfortable or scary at times. Remember, you’re not alone. Utilize all of the resources available to you. At ACC, we want to see you succeed! You can do it!