Class Standing: Senior
Major: Deaf Studies
Career Aspirations: Film Director/Producer
StrengthsQuest Themes: Harmony, Empathy, Positivity, Relator and Individualization
Currently in my fourth year at CSUN, I have finally come to the conclusion that I will never be able to give back to this University as much as it has given me. However, to me, that simply means I must try my hardest to have my actions exemplify that of which is an accurate portrayal of how I believe this wonderful University deserves to be honored.
I came into this University as a Deaf Studies major, and while that is how I will graduate, I’ve recently taken charge of my future and changed my focus out of the one I began with and into one that is more in line with what I want to do in life - Film Directing/Producing. This is something that I have always wanted to pursue, but was too afraid to chase after. Over time though, I have learned to stare fear dead in the eyes and wish it luck trying to bring me down. Now I live by one of my many favorite quotes, "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."
During my time here at CSUN, and through the many outlets CSUN has provided me, mainly New Student Orientation, I have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to truly understand myself. Through everything this university has given me, I’ve not only fallen in love with myself, but fallen in love with life. I would love nothing more than to inspire all the incoming Freshmen, Transfers, and International students to chase after their fears, step on them, and use them as stepping stones for the amazing futures they’re all capable of achieving. Through this program, I believe I can do that. Through this program, I want to spark the fire that is waiting to be ignited within them. It is the least I can do.
Because of CSUN, I am the person I have always wanted to be. Because of the experiences I have gained here, I am ready to achieve all the wonders this life has in store for me. I am a Matador today; a Matador forever.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Class Standing: Graduating Senior
Major: Journalism w/ minor in business management
Career Aspirations: Personal Publicist
StrengthsQuest Themes: Input, Empathy, Achiever, Maximizer, and Relator
I am a graduating senior in the college of Arts, Media, and Communication. I grew up in northern California and decided to move to southern California to pursue my career in public relations. CSUN has expanded my ability to get involved and to develop my leadership skills. I have held leadership positions within Associated Students, the Greek community, and within the NSO program- as an Orientation Leader and a TAKE XXV cast member. I am grateful for all of the relationships with students, faculty, staff and administration that I have fostered during my time here. CSUN has changed my life for the better; I would not be the leader I am today without all the opportunities offered on campus.
Class Standing: Junior
Career Aspirations: Teacher
StrengthQuest Themes: Empathy, Developer, Harmony, Includer, Arranger
I am currently a senior studying nutrition/dietetics, and I owe a huge thank you to CSUN and the opportunities it has presented me. Though I face moments when I feel lost and unsure of my plans for the future, I know that the one consistent resource I have when trying to find my motivation is this university. In the last four years I have been allowed the opportunity to be apart of the amazing team in the Office of Student Involvement and Development. Here is where I found my confidence to step forward and challenge myself, which is a quality that I hold dearly, and will forever be able to use. But the most important reason for my growing strength is my mother. I am so lucky to have such a independent, empathetic, and intelligent woman as my roll model. (Mom, you’re my MOM!) What keeps me motivated, is the smile on my face either during or after my accomplishments. I can proudly say that I have not stopped smiling during my journey here at CSUN.
Plutarco 'Paco' Pineda
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Hospitality and tourism management
Career Aspirations: Director of sports events and operations
StrengthsQuest Themes: Harmony, analytical, maximizer, deliberative and consistency
Going into my sixth year in the New Student Orientation program, I could not be any more proud of the path I have paved. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to this program for all the networking, insight, and opportunities it has offered me throughout my time at CSUN. I entered the university as a civil engineering major and have switched over to hospitality and tourism management. Now that I have completed the traditional four years of college, I have been shaped by the experiences I have gone through and in less than a year, I will be the first university graduate in my family. We all have our story that is filled with different chapters, dealing with distinct obstacles, and enduring the ups and downs of our respective lives. Although there continues to be change throughout each day that passes by, I always keep my core values at the helm of my journey. Laughter, harmony, love, charity and Esteem. And with these values, I continue to look for improvement in whatever I do, while always looking to have the respect of everyone that I am fortunate enough to meet. And yes, "I will make things awkward."
Class Standing: Graduate
Career Aspirations: Licensed marriage and family therapist
StrengthsQuest Themes: Achiever, competition, connectedness, learner and restorative
I'm a 23-year-old graduate student here at CSUN. I graduated with my bachelor's in psychology from CSUN, and I am now earning my Master's of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Growing up near this campus, I always knew about this university and the opportunities that it offered its prospective students. I am a first-generation college student and with campus programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program and the New Student Orientation (NSO) program, I was able to make this campus a second home for myself. Now, entering my fifth year with NSO, I am the lead Student Coordinator for the 2014 New Student Orientation. My inspiration to successfully complete my schooling career is derived from my family. Completing my scholastic career is also setting an example for younger nieces and nephew. Lastly, I strongly believe that my education path is an example of how first-generation minorities can succeed in the United States.
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Family and consumer science
Career Aspirations: Interior Designer
StrengthsQuest Themes: restorative, empathy, intellection, adaptability and input
I am a senior at CSUN studying interior design. My hope is to become a professional interior designer. Alongside interior design, another one of my passions is dancing and I am currently minoring in dance performance. I take delight in visual and performing arts and my aspirations within these fields are fueled by my values. My faith shapes every aspect of my life and has molded me to become the woman I am today. In addition to my faith, the love from my family encourages me to thrive personally, academically and professionally. I enjoy the company of my parents and our bond grows stronger with each passing day. Furthermore, my mother is my rock and my absolute best friend. I also have an older brother, Steven, who graduated from CSUN in 2006. I often look to Steven for guidance and trust his opinion. My interests and the people in my life have helped me throughout my collegiate career and throughout my journey of self-discovery. The ultimate goal of my life is to be a living example of God's love. It is my hope, that in fulfilling my purpose, I am able to positively impact the lives of others and share my sincere joy for life.
Name: Nathaniel Sanchez
Class Standing: Junior
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs, Clinical Psychology
StrengthsQuest Themes: Input, Maximizer, Woo, Positivity, Context
I am a junior at CSUN studying psychology and minoring in human sexuality. I was born in Los Angeles, grew up and spent my childhood in Maryland, then moved back to LA when I was 13. I have traveled from coast to coast and was able to experience the best of both unique cultures and got to meet the some of the most fascinating individuals. Most of whom I met here at CSUN. As a first generation college student, I take great pride in my school and all the experiences and opportunities that were given to me at CSUN. I joined a diverse group of organizations ranging from sports clubs to Greek life to New Student Orientation; to which I owe a debt of gratitude for shaping me into the individual I am today. It was immediately after my very own freshman orientation that I knew I wanted to be a part of the program, and it was through these combined experiences where I grew as a leader and where I discovered my passion in student affairs. I aspire to improve the lives of others, showing them their true value and making a positive impact in the world around me.
Name: Sabrina Aguilar
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Family Consumer Sciences- Nutrition, Diets, & Food Science
Strengths: Adaptability| Developer| Responsibility | Restorative| Achiever
Going into my third year at CSUN, I am continuing my path as a Nutrition Dietetics major with an aspiration to attend medical school in the future for pediatrics. I would say from the beginning, I have always striven to be the difference, to never be satisfied with meeting the bar but rather exceeding it. This campus and program have continuously showed me my strengths and faults. Being able to have the opportunity to learn more not only about myself, but also of my community is a constant reminder that there is always room for growth. I want to constantly renew myself by focusing on the real me; someone who is confident and content with the who I am. With my ability to critically think and lead others, I hope to be able to inspire others to see their potential and allow them to believe in something bigger than themselves.
Class Standing: Graduate Student
Major: College Counseling and Student Services
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs
StrengthsQuest Themes: Woo, Communication, Arranger, Relator, Responsibility
I am a graduate student earning my master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Services. My hometown is Ridgecrest, California, a small desert town. A few things I hold of importance in my life are my faith in God, sports, children, spending time outside – camping and fishing, photography and scrapbooking, country music, reading, and my family.
After transferring to CSUN, my experience here was largely shaped by campus involvement and becoming more active within my major. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development where I encountered amazing leaders in the department. Through their leadership, campus involvement, and becoming a peer mentor and peer advisor, I found my true passion for helping college students. When asked what my favorite part of CSUN is, my answer is immediately support! Being a first-generation college student, there was a lot I wanted to explore about being at a university. Now I have the opportunity to be that support for future students. I cannot wait to start as a professional in the field of student affairs and empower college students to make the most of their time in college!
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: College Counseling and Student Affairs
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs Professional
StrengthsQuest Themes: Deliberative, Relator, Arranger, Harmony, Individualization
I'm a 23 year-old graduate student, born and raised in Los Angeles. I am pursuing my master's degree in counseling, with a specialization in college counseling and student services here at CSUN. During my undergraduate career, I became very involved in the campus community, and grew to love helping students. I love contributing to a student's success and helping one achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Through working at CSUN, I am exposed to several different areas of student affairs, and am developing both professionally and personally in attempts to discover how I can make the largest difference possible in this field. I am surrounded by incredible faculty, staff, and students that motivate me to reach my full potential as a professional, and make me strive to contribute to the campus community, in all ways possible. I am excited to continue my journey at CSUN, and to find the path that best suits my passion to help students and contribute to their success.