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Meet a Matador
On and off the soccer field, Kourtney, Krystal and Lindsay Kutscher are achieving their goals together.
For California State University, Northridge’s Kutscher sisters, it’s all about soccer. In 2015, identical twins Kourtney and Krystal, along with younger sister Lindsay, led the CSUN women’s soccer team to a winning 11-8-1 record. Their love for the game, and each other, brought all three to CSUN, and together they’re finding individual success as Matador student athletes. Read more
His struggle was a real test, but CSUN student Devon Coombs is not about to fail.
California State University, Northridge senior Devon Coombs may be preparing to graduate with a degree in accounting and an internship at the global accounting firm Deloitte on his resume, but it wasn’t so long ago that he was waiting tables and living out of his car. Now he’s on the road to success and demonstrating just what it means to live the Matador life. Read more
CSUN is preparing dancer Karissa Petersen to leap to new heights.
If you’ve been to a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game in the past four years, you’ve probably seen California State University, Northridge senior Karissa Petersen somewhere out on the court. As a member of the Clippers Spirit dance team she performs at every home game, as well as community events, sponsor appearances and charity functions. Read more
Justin Rusch prepares for a future in law enforcement by protecting his peers as a member of the Matador Patrol.
He doesn’t wear a cape or have any special powers, but for many California State University, Northridge students, Justin Rusch is a hero. A Matador Patrol advisor, he helps to ensure that students — as well as faculty and staff — get across campus safely at night. For Justin, the job is a great opportunity to gain practical experience for his future. Read more
The most exciting Saturday night for California State University, Northridge student Patti Rodriguez is one when she can go to bed early. As a single mother of three bubbly, young daughters — ages 2, 8 and 10 — she has her hands full managing parenthood, a part-time job, an internship, and her course work.
Learning from the experience of his parents, Nathaniel Chaparro is on the way to building a secure financial future at CSUN, and he’s not about to let any obstacles block his path.
Although he was barely a teenager when the Great Recession began in December 2007, the global financial crisis hit Nathaniel Chaparro hard. His parents were separated, and he watched both his mother — who was battling cancer at the time — and father lose their homes.
“It kind of opened my eyes,” Nathaniel, a senior business management major, says. “Originally I thought that it was easy to attain a comfortable middle-class life. Now I realize I have to work extremely hard to get to that point.” Read more
Jessica Cardiel identifies as a queer Chican@, but look beyond those labels and you’ll find a mentor and activist who stands out as a quiet leader and a true individual.
While many college students are still finding their footing as individuals, California State University, Northridge student Jessica Cardiel is already standing strong. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles with four brothers and four sisters, Jessica learned how to speak up early. Now, through mentoring and advocacy, this CSUN leader is helping others to rise. Read more
Drew Lucas served in some of the world’s most dangerous places with the U.S. Marine Corps before coming to CSUN. Now he’s helping other veterans and sharing his experience through spoken word, poetry and music.
California State University, Northridge student Drew Lucas is not one to hold back. He’s proud of the six and a half years that he served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps, but he doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that facing combat left him emotionally scarred and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It was going back to school and finding a creative outlet for his emotions that saved him from becoming a statistic. Read more
When Hala and Hadel Somo immigrated to the United States from Iraq seven years ago they couldn’t speak — or even hear — English. Both were born deaf and had no formal training in any form of sign language. Now, as California State University, Northridge students, they’re on the way to becoming advocates for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Growing up in Northern Iraq, Hala and Hadel Somo weren’t expected to amount to much. Born deaf, the sisters had no formal education, and their only sign language was a system of rudimentary hand gestures they developed to communicate with family members. Few in their small farming village could have imagined they would ever become the strong, confident CSUN students they are today.
Outdoor Adventures guide David Montero brings the beauty of nature to even the most urban of CSUN students.
How many California State University, Northridge students can say they’ve spent two days in the wilderness alone? Outdoor enthusiast David Montero has. David is a seasoned explorer, and as a trip leader for CSUN’s Outdoor Adventures program he’s sharing his passion and forging a unique career path. Read more
A prestigious scholarship is allowing Tia Brisco to fulfill her goal of helping others.
While most California State University, Northridge students are sleeping, Tia Brisco is often working overnight hours as an intake coordinator for a Southern California eating disorders and addiction treatment center. A graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in counseling (marriage and family therapy), Tia’s using her education to help heal and empower others, and it was receiving one of Southern California’s most prestigious awards for young women that made it possible for her to achieve her dreams.
Work-study has made college — and a whole lot more — possible for Diane Young.
When Diane stepped onto the California State University, Northridge campus as a first-year student, she was fresh from small-town rural Louisiana and a high school graduating class of 27. As the first in her family to attend college, she wasn’t sure what to expect and felt even more confused about where she would fit in.
Now a senior psychology major with a minor in Africana studies, Young’s work-study positions have been the compass guiding her through CSUN. Read more
Caring for one sick family member is hard enough. Joanna Joy Paulo discovered inner strength — and a new career path — while caring for two sick parents.
Meet Joanna Paulo in person, and on seeing her bright smile it will seem immediately fitting that she is better known as Joy.
Joy completed coursework in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing program in August 2015, but her road to graduation was not always cheerful. Read more
Athan Gousios always thought he’d be hitting high notes in college on the athletic fields — until he found a passion for the drums, that is.
Growing up, Athan Gousios had big dreams to play college lacrosse. He was a high school freshman — just beginning what he hoped would be a successful athletics career — when he suffered a serious case of mono.
While he recovered, Athan kept himself occupied by listening to a lot of music. That inspired him to dust off his old drum set, tucked away in a corner of his bedroom since childhood.
“Pretty soon it just turned into this crazy obsession,” he says. Read more
Chris Van Nest is a lifesaver for the Student Recreation Center, literally.
If you’ve taken a swim at California State University, Northridge in the past few years, there is a good chance senior management major Chris was helping to keep you safe. Recently named CSUN’s aquatics supervisor, he is diving into a profession with something that started out as an extracurricular.
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at California State University, Northridge offers students with disabilities, like Maria Alcala, the accommodations they need to earn a degree.
As a victim of a recent hit-and-run accident, Maria utilizes this resource to overcome her new challenges.As Maria stands on the corner of Reseda Boulevard and Dearborn Street — the same intersection where a pickup truck ran her over three years ago, she wonders if she will make it across the street. Read more
Thanks to CSUN services, Langston Jackson overcomes physical and learning challenges caused by the anoxic brain damage he sustained from a heroin overdose almost three years ago.
During his 37-day coma, the best scenario for 22-year-old Langston seemed to be a nursing home, a feeding tube and a diaper — a jarring contrast to his former glamorous life as a University of California, Berkeley, football player.
The doctors at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he was a patient explained to Langston’s family that it was unlikely he would ever wake up. Despite the bleak forecast, Langston’s mother chose to keep him on life support. Read more
Thanks to the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator (LACI), CSUN students like computer information technology major Aidan Anderson are given invaluable opportunities to work for technology start-ups.
A team of CSUN students, including Aidan, gather in the LACI facilities near CSUN every Friday to create an app from scratch for the start-up Project Pals.
LACI is a nonprofit organization that invests in and supports new businesses in clean technology. In fall 2014, LACI partnered with CSUN to generate economic growth in the San Fernando Valley and provide hands-on experience and networking opportunities for students like Aidan. Read more
The CSUN Dreamers Scholarship gives undocumented students — who are not eligible for federal financial aid — the funds they need to achieve a college education.
Although undocumented students are ineligible for federal financial aid, the California Dream Act made it possible for some of them to apply for grants and scholarships from the state.
But for many like journalism major Angel Silva, sometimes this still is not enough.
In light of this fact, CSUN created the Dreamers Scholarship for undocumented undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Winning students receive one of the four scholarship awards: $2,500 for full-time students, $1,250 for part-time students, $12,500 for full-time students living in Student Housing or $8,800 for undocumented students who don’t qualify for California Assembly Bill 540. Read more
The Disability Resource and Educational Services (DRES) at California State University, Northridge offers students, like Jose Flores, the accommodations they need to earn a college degree. Jose describes how he overcame learning challenges after battling brain cancer.
Jose, a social welfare major, looks forward to spending time in the DRES office talking to his academic coach and making her laugh.