From Hemet Resident to World Traveler


Fiorella Morales is a graduate of West Valley High School. She is a member of the class of 2010 and was a very busy student in high school. While attending West Valley, she was a member of the water polo and swim teams. When she wasn’t in the pool you could catch her around campus helping coordinate upcoming events as a member of A.S.B., on field trips to various colleges around Southern California as a member of A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college readiness program), in the art room as a member of the art club, or helping raise up the flag in front of the school as a member of R.O.T.C.

When Fiorella Graduated High School she finished with a 3.8 GPA a very respectable achievement. Fiorella was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is a scholarship for low income, underrepresented kids. It is essentially a fully-funded program that will pay to take your education as far as you want it.

Fiorella Morales went to a military academy on the east coast after graduation, when she was done there she enrolled at San Diego State University and is currently working on her P.H.D. in leadership.

Fiorella has been working as the International Engagement Coordinator for S.D.S.U. over the past three years. Some of her job details include organizing study abroad trips for students, various international exchange programs with other institutions around the world, and accompanying students on their trips to different countries. She has already found her passion in this field of work and hopes to make it her long term career but on a larger scale.

I asked Fiorella how many countries she has been too and which was her favorite, she struggled to give me one answer, in short; she has been to “a lot” of countries and loves each and every different experience they have all offered. I asked what she liked most about traveling, and her answer was unbelievable. She said, “The more you travel, the more you realize you don’t know that much, It makes you feel so little in the world because you realize how much more there is out there.

There is so much to learn when traveling to new places.” There is plenty more travel in her future. Soon she is leaving on a trip to Europe, and in 2020 she will be traveling to various parts of Asia to further her education.

Do you know an Alumni of one of our local high schools who is currently doing cool things? Contact me via email with their name, a picture, what school they graduated from, and tell me a little bit about what they are up too. [email protected].


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