CSUN is a microcosm of Los Angeles and its melting pot of different ethnicities and social backgrounds. Here on campus, we have more than 200 clubs and organizations representing every type of culture, religion, hobby, academic study and special interest. Our students come from different walks of life — from first-time freshmen right out of high school to parents, career professionals, international scholars and more. But all these individuals share a common thread — a place here at CSUN.
Meet a Matador
Inspired by her grandfather, Meghan Bouman is making sharing the essence of the Matador spirit part of her life’s work.
It was a string of Christmas lights hung more than five years before her birth that shaped the direction of Meghan Bouman’s life. Robert Bouman, her grandfather, was up on a ladder taking the lights down when he fell. The accident left him quadriplegic.
“I grew up knowing that as his normal,” Meghan says. “He never let it stop him.”
She was so inspired by the way that her grandfather never allowed his disability to prevent him from his favorite activities, including volunteering at a local museum, cheering on his favorite sports teams and sailing with his children and grandchildren, that today she is at California State University, Northridge learning to help others like him to experience also full lives. Read more
CSUN student Gabrielle Maestas was instrumental in establishing the CSUN Food Pantry.
Gabrielle Maestas has never personally experienced the struggle of not having enough to eat, but she knows the realities of food insecurity all too well. During the 2016-17 academic year, she helped to oversee the Matador Involvement Center’s launch of the CSUN Food Pantry. Read more
University Ambassador Ourfa Mousakhani represents much more than CSUN.
More than anything, Ourfa Mousakhani’s parents wanted her to have a chance at an education and more opportunities than were readily available to her growing up in Iran. In 2009 the family immigrated to the United States, and in just eight short years, Ourfa has thrived. Today she’s providing a beacon of hope for others looking to achieve their own American Dream. Read more
For Armen Arslanian, one California State University, Northridge experience was literally out of this world.
9:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, was a special moment for Armen Arslanian. At that exact time, he witnessed and celebrated the launch of CSUNSat1 , the culmination of many months of hard work. Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in partnership with CSUN faculty and students like Armen, the small, cube-shaped satellite has been a first for both him and CSUN. Read more
Richard “Moja” Robinson Jr. has a lot of big dreams, and scholarships are helping him to make them come true.
Richard “Moja” Robinson Jr. is truly a modern-day Renaissance man. As a California State University, Northridge student, he’s majoring in business administration (global supply chain management), with a minor in sustainability, but during any given week, he’s likely to be found bouncing between projects ranging from science and technology to business and art.
At CSUN, he’s finally found a way to piece it all together, and although he isn’t sure where his future will lead him yet, he feels confident that even after learning some hard lessons early in his academic career, educational expenses won’t be a part of it, thanks to his strong work ethic and scholarships.
An internship helped one CSUN student find her future.
“I thought that as a history major my only option was to be a teacher,” Lisa Ramirez says.
That was before coming to California State University, Northridge. Now a senior, Lisa is still passionate about history, but she’s discovered a whole realm of new career possibilities through her internship.
California State University, Northridge student-athlete Dylan Johns is standing tall as starting center on the men’s basketball team.
Starting center for the California State University, Northridge men’s basketball team, Dylan Johns is a powerful force on the hardwood. Sports have always been at the center of his life, and Dylan’s passion for athletics also fuels his independent spirit and drive to excel in the classroom. Read more
Despite dark moments in her personal life, Africana studies and child and adolescent development major Ma’Ronda George is working hard to make CSUN a brighter place.
I never signed up to be a leader,” Ma’Ronda George says.
But the Zeta Phi Beta president, former Sistahood president, Black Leadership Council co-founder, former Black Student Union vice president and a Student Housing resident advisor has certainly proven her formidable abilities. Motivated by 2014 events and some painful moments in her own life, California State University, Northridge senior Ma’Ronda George is helping to inspire positive changes on campus and beyond. Read more
Alvaro Castillo has always been passionate about writing; now he’s hoping to inspire others with his words.
“When I graduated high school I had no idea that California State University, Northridge existed just seven miles from my house,” Alvaro Castillo says.
Now a graduate student, he’s hoping to help others find inspiration, education and direction through his writing.
Amanda Derzy has discovered her passion as a CSUN film student.
Perhaps you’ve seen it. This fall, the California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services released an active shooter training video, designed to help students, faculty and staff understand what to do in the event of an active shooter emergency on campus. Amanda Derzy was one of the CSUN film students who gained valuable experience working on the project. Read more
Involvement as a student leader has been the key to academic success for Nicholas Jackson.
After his first semester at California State University, Northridge, Nicholas Jackson found himself with a problem. He was on academic probation, and it was time to reevaluate.
“I was not prepared enough curriculum-wise, and my study habits were not great,” he says. “I realized I either need to get on it, or I won’t be here.”
Shannon Ashford’s work with the New Student Orientation has given her new direction.
When Shannon Ashford stepped onto the California State University, Northridge campus for the New Student Orientation (NSO) almost four years ago, she was not sure that CSUN was the right school for her. By the time she left, her mind was made up. Read more
Frida Endinjok has discovered that eating healthy is one of the most important investments. Now she’s helping other students to understand this concept.
It wasn’t always the case, but these days Frida Endinjok lives by the motto, “You are what you eat.”
She’s discovered how eating healthy is important both physically and financially— a healthy diet will save you money in unnecessary future medical bills and stomachaches — and as a family and consumer sciences (nutrition and dietetics) major she’s working hard to educate and inform other California State University, Northridge students. Read more
One California State University, Northridge senior found harmony and healing by sharing her story to support the LGBTQ community and those at risk of suicide.
Hedyeh Rezaei was almost a statistic. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24, according to recent Centers for Disease Control data, and just a few years ago, Hedyeh tried to end her own life on more than one occasion.
Eventually, she came to California State University, Northridge and found the support that she was missing. Now, she’s hoping her story can help others.
Two California State University, Northridge biology students have found their own paths toward careers in medicine.
When Natalie Dahan first arrived on the California State University, Northridge campus she had no idea which direction she wanted to go. For Shannen Guarina, the path was clear. Today, they are both planning to pursue medical school, and they’ve each found their own unique routes toward fulfilling their dreams of becoming doctors. Read more
A group of CSUN students have come together via social media to fight pediatric cancer.
It all started with a Facebook advertisement. Thiana Martinez was a commuter student looking for a way to get more involved at California State University, Northridge when she saw an ad for a company called Love Your Melon. Read more
Jonathan Saedian is bringing customizable music education to the public with his award-winning startup Take Sessions.
“The moment you hear a song it can change your emotions in an instant,” Jonathan Saedian says. “I think that’s the power of music.”
Being accepted at California State University, Northridge was one of the proudest moments of Patrick Johnson’s life. It wasn’t until he nearly lost his financial aid freshman year that he realized staying in school and graduating is the real goal. Read more
Pooneh Yamuty is thriving at California State University, Northridge, in spite of a serious health problem.
“When I came to the United States I was very sick,” California State University, Northridge student Pooneh Yamuty recalls. That was six years ago. Although she’s still not well physically, Pooneh is thriving at CSUN. Read more