by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Joy in the Journey

student_berry3“I feel that if you are not 100 percent sure on where you want to go or what you want to do, just take some more time,” shared Student Star Devin Berry. Devin is a communications major with interests in the fashion industry. The 19-year-old Encinitas student attends MiraCosta Community College because “I am very picky and I couldn’t make up my mind on where I wanted to go to college. I was afraid that I would get to a school and end up hating it, and either drop out or be stuck there.” With a list of wishes which included a Southern California school by a college town, not too big or too raucous, with sports, Devin decided the community college path allowed her more time to make difficult decisions about the future ahead. Now hoping to transfer to Loyola Marymount, she thinks it’s important for students to know that they shouldn’t feel pressured to have their whole lives figured out by the time they graduate high school.

Devin has a myriad of life experiences, from community groups to work and internships. She has worked at Crust Pizzeria for four years, where she is the head hostess and a server-in-training. Since working in the fashion industry is a future career goal, Devin will begin an internship with Nordstrom later this year. On balancing work and school, she’s adamant: “I have learned through time that procrastination will kill you!” She never waits to do assignments or projects anymore, because that leads to less time, more stress, and work not reflecting her best effort.

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Name: Devin Berry (19)
School: MiraCosta College
Grade: Freshman
Parents: Chris and Lisa Berry
Sibling: Carson (16)
Favorite Spots in 92024: Swami’s and Beacon’s Beaches, Better Buzz Coffee, Pannikin Coffee & Tea, and the San Diego Botanic Garden 


student_berry2She’s dedicated much time to her community by joining the National Charity League and through working with St. John’s Catholic Church. A member of Girl Scouts since kindergarten, Devin spent 11 years in Troop 1230 and loved it. “I not only got to spend quality time with my best friends and mother,” she shared, “but I was able to get involved with my community and learn new skills I was able to keep and use.” Her parents are her biggest inspiration and they live a life she’d like to emulate. “I admire them for all of their great qualities and the amazing upbringing I was fortunate enough to have.”

Devin Berry is well-equipped to pursue her passions and share her message. “All of these organizations have really shaped me into the woman I am today, and I advise anyone in middle or high school to start getting involved in something that not only interests them but makes them a better person. The end result is so rewarding and priceless.”