NSO

TAKE Program and Cast

Chase Torrence, Student Coordinator - Office of Student Involvement and Development

Greetings,

My name is Chase Torrence, current student coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement and Development and this year's TAKE director. I am honored to introduce to all of you the TAKE XXVI program and cast.

The TAKE Program

Now in its 25th year of production, TAKE is a stage performance that includes four skits surrounding issues prevalent to CSUN students. Nine diverse students perform at New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshmen about topics such as relationships, body abuse, prejudice and overall student transition, are focused on through the lens of . In supporting the overall missions and goals set forth by our institution, our division, our department and the NSO program, the TAKE performance promotes university resources and services through real-life situations and scenarios as experienced by our cast members.

Annually assessed by our own campus, the nationally recognized TAKE program is an innovative and well-positioned platform where new students learn about supportive structures at CSUN to help ensure their success in college.

The Educational Journey

Beyond the captivating one and a half hour performance and small group facilitation that follows, this program has an incredibly detailed and educational facet that the TAKE cast members go through prior to launching their product to the freshman audience.

Through the Office of Student Involvement and Development and under the supervision of Christopher Aston, assistant director for new student programs, the TAKE cast undergoes a lengthy developmental process that occurs throughout the spring and summer. As TAKE director, I have the opportunity to facilitate this journey through educational trainings, research projects, workshops and thoughtful discussions surrounding the four educational topics that TAKE presents. The cast will use information learned through this process, as well as their personal experiences, to help illuminate skit material and build out expected student learning outcomes for freshmen to experience at orientation.

The TAKE XXVI Cast

This program is only as successful as the students and staff who put it together for incoming students. This year, nine amazing individuals will have dedicated nine months to get their story and understanding of student success out there for others to hear, learn from and apply to his or her own life. This cast was selected based on a variety of circumstances, including their ability to speak about their unique story of coming into college – all are able to identify an issue and/or challenge that others may face. They have an awareness of how their decision-making ultimately led them to success and are ready to share this with others.

They all started this program as strangers, and through this experience, they will have developed into a family, hoping to provide inspiration, optimism, insight and motivation to freshmen. They are invested in this program’s purpose and have prepared a dynamic performance that will truly leave the audience moved and, hopefully, open and excited to start CSUN life.

 

 

 

Greetings,

My name is Chase Torrence, current Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Development and this year’s TAKE Director, and I am honored to introduce to all of you, the TAKE XXVI Program and Cast.

 

The TAKE Program

Now in its 26th year of production, TAKE is a stage performance that includes four skits surrounding issues prevalent to CSUN students.  Topics surrounding Relationships, Body Abuse, Prejudice, and overall Student Transition, are focused on through the lens of 11 diverse students and performed at New Student Orientation for freshman.  In supporting the overall missions and goals set forth by our institution, our division, our department, and the New Student Orientation (NSO) program, the TAKE performance promotes university resources and services through real-life situations and scenarios as experienced by our cast members.

 

Having been nationally recognized, and as annually assessed on our own campus, the TAKE program can be touted as an innovative and well-positioned platform where new students learn about supportive structures in place at CSUN to ensure their success in college. 

 

The Educational Journey

Beyond the captivating 1½ hour performance, and small group facilitation that follows, this program has a detailed educational facet that cast members go through prior to launching their product to the freshman audience.

Through the Office of Student Development and under the supervision of Christopher Aston, Assistant Director for New Student Programs, the TAKE cast will undergo a lengthy developmental process that occurs throughout the spring and summer. As TAKE director I have the opportunity in helping to facilitate this journey through educational trainings, research projects, workshops, and thoughtful discussions surrounding the four educational topics that TAKE presents on. The cast will use information learned through this process, as well as their personal experiences to help illuminate skit material and build out student learning outcomes for freshman to experience at orientation.   

The TAKE XXVI Cast

This program is only as successful as the students and staff that put it together for incoming students. This year 10 amazing individuals will have dedicated 9 months of their time in hopes to get their story and understanding of student success, out there for others to hear and learn from. This cast was selected based on a variety of circumstances including their ability to speak about their unique story of coming into college – all able to identify an issue and/or challenge that others may face.  They have an awareness of how their decision making ultimately led them to success and ready to share this with others. 

They all started this program as strangers, and through this experience they will have developed into a family, hoping to provide inspiration, optimism, insight, and motivation to freshman They are invested in this programs purpose and a dynamic performance that will truly leave moved and hopefully open and excited to start CSUN life!

 

 

 

Name: Amber D. Bynum

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Business Law

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Positivity | Includer | Consistency | Woo | Developer

Personal Mission Statement: My purpose is to make this world a better place day by day by spreading love with not only words but by actions. To content myself in my surroundings so I will always know where security lies within my life. To build a reputation of being dedicated to every goal I choose to pursue while having successes in both my personal and professional life. To enjoy every moment along this journey finding laughter, love, and happiness with each day that passes. To make my family proud. To do anything I set my mind to. My mission is to be the change I wish to see in the world by understanding my purpose in life. And to pursue my calling of helping others bloom, as well as myself, in this beautiful garden God has planted us in.

 

Name: Arianna Mesbahi

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Business Law & Business Finance

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Input |Restorative| Learner| Woo | Ideation

Personal Mission Statement: I am at my best when I allow myself to be happy. I find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as being loyal, genuine, and passionate. I can do anything that I set my mind to. I will help those who are in need, traveling to different parts of the world and gaining a better understanding of different cultures. My life's journey is to find the hidden treasure, signifying my ultimate goal. The journey may have many obstacles & challenges that I would have to overcome but in the end the treasure would be mine, and my goal will be accomplished. I would leave with a few bumps and bruises but overall stronger. I will be a person who impacted people in a bigger way than I could have ever imagined. I hope that I would have always been that person anyone could go to when they needed someone to make them smile. My most important future contribution to others will be to always ensure that I will help them realize their potentials in ways that I have learned to realize mine.

 

Name: Herman Hurtado

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Recreation and Tourism Management

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Adaptability |Maximizer | Empathy |Arranger | Consistency

Personal Mission Statement: I am at my best when I feel comfortable and confident with those around me. I like to really get out of my box and explore my surroundings. I am always looking for new adventures and great experiences that invigorate my life with experience, knowledge and most importantly, fun. I find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as the ability to adapt to most surrounding and people, as well as maintaining a positive outlook to life even when things appear to look bleak. My life's journey is to make a new friend in each and every direction I pursue and to make others happy with support, understanding and the simple yet powerful effects of friendship. Ultimately, I would like  to be remembered as the man who always smiled exposed his heart of gold and that where ever I would come and go, I left token of positivity  and warm love that everyone around me could feel and feed off of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Jacqueline Mourra

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Health Science

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Input | Positivity |Restorative |Achiever |Responsibility

Personal Mission Statement: I strive to spread positivity into the lives of others through empathy and smiles. My goal in life is to make a difference in the world, even if only in the smallest ways. I want to improve the education of children as well as their health. This will set a prosperous foundation for future generations. Also, I want to motivate people to push for all they want to accomplish because anything is possible with the right mindset. I want to share my perpetual love and all the help I can offer to anyone and everyone who may need it. Anything is attainable and I want to be the person who helps push to reach those dreams.

 

Name: Reggie Patterson

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Public Health Promotion

 

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Developer | Empathy | Futuristic | Intellection |Positivity.

Personal Mission Statement: I will find enjoyment in my personal life through living out my dreams and do new exciting things. I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as Acting, Dancing, Speaking, Writing, Being a Friend, Empathy, and photography. I will be a person who Lived a great life filled with many obstacles all part of the plan to reach my success, it took a village and new experiences for me to be who I am today. Life is only what you make it, thoughts are actions my life is an example.

Name: Sabrina Aguilar

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Family Consumer Sciences- Nutrition, Diets, & Food Science

Strengths: Restorative | Includer | Consistency | Belief | Adaptability

Personal Mission Statement: My personal mission in life includes a wide array of attributions. In this life I crave and strive to find inner peace with myself. Rather than living up to expectations, I want to be the one who creates them. 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. I want to be able to have the freedom to live my life for me, and only me. To become someone who can impact the world and voice my opinions and become someone who is needed and wanted. To pass the idea of hope, the idea that no matter what, things will always change. To accept change for its true purpose, and be able to hope and look forward for the change. Instead of procrastinating, and giving up on myself I want to have patience and understanding instilled in me. I want to constantly renew myself by focusing on the real me I want to be, someone who confidents and content with my body, someone who strives to find peace with my God and live in full faith of his return. To aspire to step out of my comfort zone and stop living inside my head so I can better myself and find my place in this world.

 

Name: Fernando Alva

Class Standing: Freshman

Major: Kinesiology- Athletic Training

 

 

 

Strengths: Relator | Restorative | Includer | Futuristic | Woo

Personal Mission Statement: I like to show people that we all have beauty. I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as my great listening skills and my way to know how to make the best out of any situation. My life's journey is to make a place where everyone realizes that they are worth it. I would do this for all of the outcasts and misfits who feel like there was no one there for them. I want everyone to know that they deserve the best and we are all amazing. I will be a person who will strive to change the image of beauty. We all have seen society's image of beauty, but I want to change that image to a simple mirror. My most important future contribution to others will be just being there for people when they need me. I want to be someone's rock someday and I strive to help the people I love in their time of need. I am an active member of the Catholic church and I believe giving back helps your spirituality stay in line. It also helps me to just believe in something bigger than any of us who would still care about a single person like myself.

 

 

 

Name: Justin Raul Pardo

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Deaf Studies & Geography

 

 

 

Strengths: Restorative | Learner | Achiever |Intellection |Activator

Personal Mission Statement: I’ve always said growing up that I wanted to help change the world.  Accomplishing this idea is by becoming that light of hope for people who are stuck in the darkness.  To show everyone that there is so much to live for. CSUN provides tons of resources for support, proving things will ALWAYS get better. Now is the opportunity to take advantage to begin starting a new or improved life.  With my personal strengths of compassion of others and the extreme passion in what I love and do every day strengthens my inner being. My most important future contribution to others will be my undivided commitment to those in need of assistance. Giving up on myself or others is something that will never happen, since we are equally important in this beautiful world and play a key role in it. We all deserve the right to live in happiness with the ability to escape the darkness After all, you and I are stronger then what we give credit to ourselves for.

 

 

 

 

Name: Katelyn Huinker

Class Standing: Junior

 Major: Communications

 

 

Strengths: Context | Individualization | Woo | Restorative | Empathy

Personal Mission Statement: I am at my best when I am around the people that I care most about. Surrounding myself with such amazing and positive people like my family and friends always puts me in a happy mood. In the future, I want to contribute to those that I love by finding my mom and dad a lovely and peaceful place to enjoy their retirement in. For my sisters and friends, I would give them my heart and always be there to support them, and lastly for my future spouse, I want to meet him half way on everything and ensure that he feels happy and loved every day. I hope to be a person whom my friends, family, future spouse and my children and grandchildren will appreciate and look up to. When I have free time, I enjoy writing creatively, going to the gym, socializing with friends and spending time with my boyfriend. I will find opportunities in my career and personal life to use my natural gifts such as my compassionate and empathetic personality. I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can talk to people and create new relationships every day.

 

 

Name: Kenneth Quitevis

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Marketing

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Competition | Achiever | Communication | Activator | Positivity

Personal Mission Statement: My personal mission statement would be to be thankful. Appreciate all that you have material or not, all your decisions whether they were good or bad, and all the things that make you different because they are all the things that make up you and got you here to CSUN with us. Though some people may have gone through tougher times were all here together now as one school and one family. So be thankful for everything and appreciate and love all you can because it might not be there the next day.

 

 

 

 

Name: Manuel R. Martinez

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Economics

 

 

 

 

 

Strengths: Strategic | Analytical | Competition | Context | Significance

Personal Mission Statement: I am at my best when I am leading others. I enjoy my work by finding employment where I can effectively manage any situation. I find enjoyment in my personal life through understanding people at their deepest level. I find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as strategy, analytical, competition, context, and significance. I can do anything I set my mind to. I will keep growing and moving forward. My life's journey is to be successful and to hold on to the one's I love. I will be a person who excelled in their field, kept their family close, and mentored those around him. My most important future contribution to others is that I will be there when they need me, for whatever they need me for.