My Citrus Story: Brian Marsh
As if they are now, and later they shall be.
While I earned good grades in school, I enjoyed exercising my imagination more than applying myself to homework. However, my parent’s divorce forced me to grow up quickly. Dealing with severe financial and emotional hardships, I often took refuge in daydreaming. I was interested in worlds that weren’t my own because I knew that planning anything beyond high school was a problem.
One day, one of my teachers at Lutheran High School in La Verne gave me an assignment to develop a short film based on an Old Testament story about a man who overcame great odds to defeat his enemies. Not only did I discover an emotional connection to the story, I also found a sense of fulfillment and excitement in the filmmaking process. I suddenly knew what I wanted to do: write, direct, edit, and produce movies.
I graduated summa cum laude and enrolled at Citrus College in the Honors Program. I was too poor to go directly to a CSU or UC. After taking several math and science courses, I realized that Citrus was not only less expensive than a four-year school, it was a much better experience. The extra attention I received from my professors helped me excel in my studies.
I became a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program Supplemental Instruction leader and was able to help other students also achieve academic success. Along the way I found an outlet for my filmmaking ambitions when I became a producer-director for the My Citrus Story video series.
I no longer daydream about my future. I know who I am and what I want to do. Soon I will transfer to Cal Poly University, Pomona, where I will continue filmmaking as I earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
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