Mandarin Immersion Senior Profile: Nicole Guth

The Capistrano Valley Class of 2024 will include the first ever graduates of the Mandarin Immersion Program. CUSD Insider asked the seniors to reflect on their time with the program and share what they have planned for after graduation.

Nicole Guth

Nicole Guth of the Mandarin Immersion Program at Capistrano Valley High.
Photo by Steven Georges/CUSD Insider


When did you start in the Mandarin Immersion Program?

First grade- 2011

Why did you join the Mandarin Immersion Program?

My mother wanted me to learn her first language.

What are your plans after you graduate from CUSD?

I plan to go to college at UC Riverside.

What other activities were you involved with in high school?

My job, Robotics, and sports.

What was your favorite part of the Mandarin Immersion Program experience?

The friends I made along the way. I have known many of my fellow students for 12 years now.

What aspect of the Mandarin Immersion Program surprised you the most?

I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to continue all the way through high school. When we started, it wasn’t K-12, and I am really proud to be a part of the first graduating class.

How has the Mandarin Immersion Program prepared you for life after graduation?

Because of the program I have learned mandarin, something I can use when communicating with others.

How will you use your Mandarin knowledge in your daily life?

I use it to communicate with my mother’s side of the family.

What advice would you give other students considering joining the Mandarin Immersion Program?

Be prepared, its not easy but it will help you in the long run.

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