My Cypress Story


Every person has a story to tell, and Cypress College is excited to share the inspirational, motivational, and aspirational stories from our many students of all walks of life. No matter the path, we accompany each and every one of our students on their educational journeys. Take a walk down the west-side hall of the Humanities Building to explore some of the people who make us a unique community.

We call this project “My Cypress Story.”

Lisa Benjamin

Hello, my name is Lisa Benjamin. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story? I grew up in a small town in Central California where, for me, sports and art were life. I always struggled with academics—things didn’t click very easily for meContinue reading “Lisa Benjamin”

Mickaylah Prewitt

Hi, my name is Mickaylah Prewitt. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story? I grew up in Long Beach with my grandmother, mother, and sister. Growing up, my mother made me try many sports and activities to find potential interests and outletsContinue reading “Mickaylah Prewitt”

Mayra Paiz-Asencio

Hola, me llamo Mayra Paiz-Asencio. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story? I was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I first came to the U.S. when I was 16 years old, but I decided to go back home to continueContinue reading “Mayra Paiz-Asencio”

Brandon Davis

Hello, I’m Brandon Davis! Please tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What are your interests? What is your story? I have grown up my whole life in Southern California. I lived in Westminster for about half my life and Garden Grove for the other half. My interests include baseball, camping,Continue reading “Brandon Davis”