Ocean Leader Scholar: Monica Cisneros

Inside USD -- Monica Cisneros knew for a few years that the University of San Diego was her dream school. She admired the beauty of the 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture that envelops the Catholic university’s campus when she was a pep band member at Hoover High School.

“We performed at games and in a field show competition when I was a 10th-grader. I loved that architecture and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I wish I could live here,’” Cisneros recalled.

The flute she played, however, consumed more of her thoughts.

“Music is a really positive way to let out my emotions. It saved me in middle school and in high school. Coming from City Heights, there are wrong paths you can take,” she said. “Music has always been a positive influence. It helps me de-stress.” (Full Story