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Name: Brittany Chenelle
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Communication Studies/ Journalism
Hobbies:Writing poems/songs, listening to music, going to a lot of concerts, playing basketball and traveling.
Career Aspirations: i want to be Radio Personality, TV Producer, AND a Music Video Director
Hey Matadors!! I'm a 19 year old double major in Comm Studies and Journalism here at CSUN. I was born in Fontana, CA, but raised in a small town called Victorville, CA. CSUN wasn't my first choice but I believe it was meant for me to be here, and I'm glad I'm here! I plan to work in any area of entertainment broadcasting and work my way up to one day own my own TV channel. I hope to give others the gift of opportunity one day and showcase those with amazing talents that get looked over. Coming to CSUN and getting involved in the New Student Orientation program my first year was the best thing that's ever happened to me. I've had a tremendous amount of fun and learning experiences that I can carry with me throughout the rest of my college years and life. The most important thing I've learned is that college really is what you make it. I'm involved in a step team, Unified We Serve and BSU, and they all have helped shape memories I'll keep forever. The best advise I could give to the incoming freshmen is to never aspire to be average, take that extra step to go above and beyond. Remember there's Good, and there's Better.
Name: Bryson Denzel Wallace
Class Standing: Undergraduate
Major: Theatre with an emphasis in Acting
Hobbies: Making, Enjoying and spreading good music as well as conversing with people and sports. Writing Poetry.
Career Aspirations: Actor, Motivational Speaker, Musician, Businessman
I am an 18 year old first year freshman who aspires to be an actor as well as many other things. I find pleasure in helping others get through issues and problems. I was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in Bakersfield, CA. CSUN was my second choice of institutions to attend behind USC. one of the most important lessons that college has taught me thus far is that the pain and struggle is worth it when becoming a strong, level-headed adult. My advice to the incoming freshman is to take advantage of all the resources available and do not make popularity the priority over grades.
Name: Diego Flores
Class Standing: Junior
Minor: Family Studies
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, swimming, watching 90's movies, and listening to all types of music
Career Aspirations: After graduating I want to get my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and eventually get my Psy.D. I would like to own my own practice, helping LGBT families as well as families with Deaf children.
Hi, I'm Diego, a 20yr old 3rd year from Bakersfield, California. I was born and raised there with my parents and 3 older siblings. My family was always really close, but I knew from a very young age that I wanted to move to a bigger city. So when applying to colleges, I applied everywhere except Bakersfield. CSUN was not my first choice, and to be honest, I didn't even know where it was. But after coming on a campus visit my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the campus. From the moment I stepped onto campus I got involved and it has helped me meet more people than I ever could have expected. I learn something new each day that I am here. I will graduate in a few semesters and I am a little scared to be going into the real world, but I know that CSUN has prepared me. Welcome to CSUN, I hope you're as excited as I am!
Name: Emerson Stidham
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Psychology Minor: Theatre
Hobbies: Acting, Listening/ Editing music, Snowboarding, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Breakdancing, Eating Wingstop, Playing Basketball, Playing football, watching basketball, chilling with family and friends.
Career Aspirations: Acting, Firefighting, Psychologist
I am a 19-year old second year sophomore. I am not sure exactly what I plan on doing but where ever I end up I know I will be helping people it could be through firefighting or mental help as a psychologist. College was a place I was never able to see myself when I was growing up but through many trial and tribulations I was able to make it. Being in college is one of my biggest accomplishments. I was born in Lancaster but raised throughout Arizona and lived my last few years of high school in Bakersfield, Ca. When choosing a college CSUN was my first choice and has been everything I expected and more. I have got involved in many different clubs and organizations and the experiences has been amazing so my advice to all the incoming freshman is don't be afraid to try new things, get involved, go to Wingstop, and keep in touch with your professors. I hope your time here at CSUN is awesome!
Name: Jasmyne Harlow
I am Jasmyne Elisee Harlow I was born in Orange County, California. I am the eldest of four two little sisters and a brother. I try to set the best examples for them. I feel that I have accomplished a lot during my 21 years of living. I have been a dancer for 17 years and I am currently a Hip Hop teacher at LA Dance Connection in Whittier, Ca. I attend Cal State University Northridge Majoring in Kinesiology of General Studies with a Minor in Pan African Studies. After college I plan to start a career in Therapeutic Pediatrics Nursing at a physical therapy clinic. I have been apart of different organizations and clubs on campus such as CSUN Hip Hop which is a dance team on campus and V-DAY which is an organization that stops violence against women.
My biggest accomplishment on campus would have to be New Student Orientation leading. I was an orientation leader for 2010 which was an amazing way for me to help freshman in supporting their process and transition into their freshman year here at CSUN. I had an ultimate goal to express myself through the theatrical part in TAKE which I am now a cast member for TAKE XXIII. I think I have been very involved in my years here at Cal state Northridge and I am now moving towards my main goal which is spring 2012 graduation.
One thing I would love to tell incoming freshman is to never be scared to get involved. Becoming apart of CSUN is one way that you will succeed in becoming history of CSUN. There is a higher rate of doing well in classes because it takes a certain GPA as well as mindset to juggle being involved, school, and outside distraction. I have definitely enjoyed my time here at CSUN and can not wait to see what the years have to offer me.
Name: Lia Navarrette
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Recreational Tourism Management
Hobbies: listening to music, hanging out with friends, going on tumblr, cook and back, exercising, shopping, writing, swimming, dancing, watch movies, party, playing with boots (cat)
Career Aspirations: event planning for special events such as concerts, weddings, parties, etc.
Hi there! I am a 20 year old first generation college student of Hispanic descent from Santa Ana, Ca. I moved to Northridge at the age of 17 and started a whole new life here. It was a fresh start in a new city with new people and new opportunities. The transition for me started out a bliss. I joined Alpha Phi my freshman year and have made life long friendships that I know I will endure forever. The transition became intense when I separated myself from friends, family, school, work and anything that occupied my time. I lost myself, my drive, and the happiness that was all once apart of me. After three years of being lost, I finally found myself and what I stand for. I am happy to be me. I love to laugh & tend to laugh at myself and my own jokes. You'll find me for the most part, always happy. I have learned to take risks in life. I do care what other people think, but it will never change who I am. I'm perfectly imperfect and that's just the way I like it. I love my friends and wouldn't trade them for anything or anyone. I am definitely not in any rush to grow up. I strive to be a better student, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend, and woman. I am currently involved in Alpha Phi, Panhellenic Council, TAKE XXIII, New Student Orientation, and Associative Student Recreation here at CSUN. You are about to begin the most exciting and amazing time of your college career. My best advice is to cherish every moment and never take it for granted. Be sure to make every moment count and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way because it truly does go by fast. I hope you are all ready for this experience where you will be meeting new people and making lifelong friendships and bonds. Do not forget to HAVE FUN but remember why you are here. Stay happy with whatever you do. Much Love!
Name: Michael Perez
Class Standing: Undergraduate
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hobbies: Eating, Sleeping, Volleyball, Soccer, Reading, Learning, Dancing
Career Aspirations: Structural Analysis
I am a 19 year old second year Mechanical Engineering major who aspires to make the world a safer place by fixing the mistakes that others may have made. Coming to CSUN has definitely been worthwhile. Although CSUN was not my first choice, I learned to love it by exposing myself to everything that CSUN had to offer. The opportunities have been endless, and the experiences will forever be memorable. I started off as an Orientation Leader with the New Student Orientation Program, and it was during this year that I had the courage to apply for TAKE. Here I am an official TAKE cast member. One thing that college has taught me is that sometimes the best thing to do is to get out of our comfort zone in order to experience things that we normally wouldn't. No longer do I say “I wish I was doing it,” because if the opportunity arises I have taken it. To all incoming freshman, my advice to you is to experience everything there is to experience in college, it really is not everyday that we will find ourselves in a college environment. College is, afterall, what you make it to be. I hope you have a marvelous time at CSUN just as I and others have had. Go Matadors!
Name: Tricia Enriquez
Class Standing: Sophomore
Major: Political Science
Hobbies: Dancing, Cooking, Baking, Playing indoor/beach volleyball, eating sushi, Spending quality time with my family, and socializing with my friends.
Career Aspiration: Defense Attorney
I am a 20-year old sophomore at CSUN who enjoys reading and studying the origins of our constitution and laws. I want to protect those who have been treated unfairly and had their human rights violated. I was born in Manila, Philippines. I came to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. I am a member of a volunteer organization on campus called, Unified We Serve. I was an orientation leader for incoming freshman, transfer, and international, and national exchange students in Fall '10. I am now a TAKE XXIII cast member for the Fall'11 New Student Orientation. One of the most important lessons I learned in the first two years of my college life is every second of every minute of everyday, is an opportunity. I can either continue what I have already started or I can change direction and start anew with two essential factors: strong will and one simple word on my mind, “go.” It's important to know that change is the only constant. Time is constantly changing, it never stands still and therefore I must move on with time. My advice to all incoming freshmen is to take opportunities that CSUN has to offer to start fresh. Forget about high school, you've finally made it. Become the pilot of your own life. Go Matadors!
Name: Stephanie Linderman
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Liberal Studies
Hobbies: Art, DISNEY, working with kids, shopping, and getting involved!
Career Aspirations: Travel and teach anywhere and everywhere! After, I hope to get my certification to be a studio teacher so I can teach child actors on film sets.
Hey everyone! I am 20 years young and from Encinitas which is just north of San Diego. This is my second year with the program and my first year as Matador Mentor. I am SO excited to participate this year and cannot wait for what this incredible program has in store for CSUN! Growing up I have always wanted to be a teacher. The thought of helping and being surrounded by the lively spirit of children has always made me so happy. I hope to travel and teach after college so I can help the children who are less fortunate. Making a difference in some way is my goal in life. I also enjoy drawing and getting involved on campus through my sorority as well as this fabulous program. I am lucky enough to be able to call CSUN my second home. The professors and organizations on campus make you feel so comfortable to be able to explore your interests and succeed in an extraordinary way. Getting involved has motivated me to get good grades and given me the opportunity to learn more about myself and my career. Don't take anything for granted in your time here at CSUN. Find something that you love and have fun with it! Always stay positive and if you fall, get up and keep running because you only live once! OH... and don't forget to rep your CSUN pride! GO MATADORS!!
Name: Tamara Gonzalez
Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences
Hobbies: Photography, dancing, and attending concerts.
Career Aspirations: Speech Pathologist for Autistic children.
Being born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, I thought coming to CSUN was not going to be a very different change from high school. However, that was far from the truth. Even though I was still living at home I suddenly gained a tremendous amount of independence. I was no longer surrounded by a large group of friends; in fact, I was the only one out of my close group of friends that came to CSUN. As a college freshman, I learned that you cannot rely on anyone but yourself when it comes to attending, paying attention, and being successful in class. One of the best educational aspects of college is the opportunity to take any class you want. Interesting and exciting courses lead to the decision of my major after a year and a half of being undecided. Along with finally declaring my major, I began to get involved which changed my whole perspective on college. I met wonderful people and I was able to spend my free time doing some I was passionate about that I could later include in my resume. I have grown so much in such a short amount of time and as cheesy as it sounds, I am so proud to be to a Matador! If I could give anyone advice about attending CSUN it would be to not be afraid of obstacles and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities you will be given as a Matador!
Name: Torrie Goodson
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Creative Writing Major, Biology Minor
Hobbies: Writing, swimming, exercising, body surfing, hiking, drawing, photography, reading
Career Aspirations: Journalist for National Geographic, script-writing nature documentaries, writing science-fiction novels and non-fiction novellas
I have always been a passionate person who does not feel satisfied unless all energy is channeled into the task at hand, whether it is a seemingly trivial project, a competitive sport, a school program, or a leisure activity. My happiness germinates out of improving the lives of others, even if through delivering advice. As a writer, I tend to see the world with an artistic and emotionally-driven mindset, but can be alternatively analytical and logical—hence my decision to combine two very different subjects for my degree. My philosophy on life is what has guaranteed my survival: that we are spiritual beings controlled by an uncompromising balance. No matter what we experience, there will be a negative or positive that follows to achieve equilibrium. To prepare for such events will protect the unnecessary feelings of disappointment or pain. My advice to the freshman is to recognize and embrace the fact college is where we attain the greatest amount of growth necessary for what lies beyond attaining our academic credentials. By placing ourselves in completely unfamiliar territory, preparing for undetermined careers and taking certain risks, we are allowing ourselves to step out of our comfort zones and become vulnerable to development. Do what you most fear and take a step forward.