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  • NSO 2017

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TAKE Program and Cast

Now in its 29th year of production, TAKE is a stage performance that includes four skits surrounding issues prevalent to CSUN students. Ten diverse students perform at New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshmen about topics such as relationships, body, 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.

 

 

TAKE Director

 

Name: Frankie Benkovic

Class Standing: Senior 

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His
 
Restorative | Individualization | Responsibility | Connectedness | Arranger

My name is Frankie Benkovic, current TAKE Director for this year, and I am honored to introduce to all of you, the TAKE XXIX Cast. The TAKE Program, now in its 29th year of production, is a remarkable journey that has impacted and enhanced the lives of countless individuals. Among many other things, this program is designed to open up student’s eyes to the challenges and issues they might face, or be exposed to, during their time in college.

Understandably, the transition into college can be a big one! It is through the TAKE performance that we explore specific issues head on by giving the students a voice up on the stage. They are given a tangible reality to the stories and circumstances that have affected other CSUN students in the past; issues regarding relationships, body, prejudice, and other transitional occurrences that will all be addressed during the Orientation day!

This program, however, is only as successful as the students and staff that put it together. This year twelve amazing individuals will embark on a nine-month journey with the hopes of getting their story out there for incoming students to hear and learn from. They enter the program as strangers, and grow into a family. Through this journey, the TAKE cast will be challenged individually and as a group, and through this struggle they will generate a dynamic performance that will truly leave students moved and hopefully open and excited to start their CSUN life!

 

TAKE Cast Members

Name: Alfredo Ortega 

Class Standing: Senior 

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Adaptability | Arranger | Belief | Connectedness | Context

I'm a fourth year at Cal State Northridge, majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Every day I strive to be an enthusiastic and inspiring individual that others can look up to. No matter how hard life can pull you down, I believe that everyone can find the strength within themselves to get back up again with the help of their families, close friends, and even complete strangers that we would never have thought could be such an important inspiration to us. I wish to someday work towards receiving my doctorate in physical therapy, and one day own my own clinic. I joined NSO and the TAKE program because of my orientation leaders, who were complete strangers at first but ended up becoming mentors. Just like them I would love nothing more than to spread that same level of kindness, and passion with any person that I happen to meet through this process. I am looking forward to whatever experiences TAKE brings to me but I know for sure that this will be an unforgettable journey that will stay with me for a lifetime.

 

Name: Anthony Points

Class Standing: Sophomore

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Achiever | Ideation | Restorative | Woo | Focus

My biggest goal in life is to inspire others to be what they want to be. I want to be a bridge for others, helping them realize and reach their full potential. I want to build myself by building up others and building my connections with others. When I first saw TAKE, it was a very eye opening experience for me, not only because I could clearly see that there are others out there dealing with similar situations as my own, but also because it really showed me that everyone has their own internal struggles, even if it doesn’t look like that; everyone has their own world, their own reality. I joined TAKE because I want to help others assimilate into the grand scheme of the world, life. Through my performance, I hope students can gain a better understanding of themselves by better understanding others.

 

Name: Andrew Willins

Class Standing: Junior

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Activator | Communication | Harmony | Individualization | Significance 

My mission in life is to spread self-love. Once you are comfortable within your own skin, the world is yours. The summer after my senior year of high school I was lost as a person. I did not know who I truly was or where I belonged for that matter. After watching TAKE during my freshman orientation, I knew CSUN was the place for me. Being part of the LGBTQ community gives me even a stronger passion to want others to feel what I felt, the day I knew it was OK to be myself. I strive for others to understand that it is fine to "agree to disagree", that these differences are what make us unique. "Fitting in" isn't the social norm here at CSUN, being yourself is. Live life to the fullest every day because your memories and experiences are what shape you to be the person you are today and the person you strive to become tomorrow. "Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out." -Jenn Proske

 

Name: Beverly Ntagu

Class Standing: Junior

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Achiever | Futuristic | Strategic | Includer | Discipline

My personal mission in life is to make a positive change in the lives of others. Through my actions and my words, I want to be able to inspire someone to go beyond their limits and never look back. I hope to become a mentor to all whom I encounter, whether it be brightening up their day with a smile or indirectly influencing them to believe in themselves no matter what obstacles are thrown their way. I live to grow and I live to experience new things, even when they aren't in my comfort zone. I value relationships, connections, the great memories, and the really bad ones. I believe that we were all placed upon this Earth to do something great and all of our hardships, or lack thereof, were implemented into our lives to build our character, tear us down, and build us right back up. I am driven to accomplish all my hopes and dreams to not only make myself proud, but to make my family and all those around me proud. I hope to one day be employed to the job of not only my dreams, but a job where I fulfill my purpose in life. 

 

Name: Claire Vencill

Class Standing: Junior 

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Relator | Input | Empathy | Self-Assurance | Developer

When first entering CSUN, I had no idea what to expect. I was moving away from home for the first time, and had to discover how to independent. When I first saw TAKE XXVI, I knew right away that this was school was something that I wanted to be a part of. It inspired me to not only succeed, but also to one day give that motivation to other incoming students. I am so honored and excited to be able to be a part of TAKE XXIX, and this incredible task. When I'm not involved with the New Student Orientation program, I reside as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on CSUN's campus. Both of these opportunities were given to me at such an important time in my life, and I could not be more thrilled to see how much both of TAKE and my presidency help me grow this year. I strive to work hard and thrive on this campus, and I hope that the incoming students can see this as well and want to do the same. I hope to achieve success with not only this cast but past college, and I think CSUN is giving me every option to do so.

 

Name: Edwin Ocampo

Class Standing: Senior

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Woo l communication l Context l Futuristic l Maximizer

My daily goal in life is too seize every day and opportunity that comes my way. When my college career is over and I’m adulting, I want to look back over my 4 1/2 years of college and say I did everything that could possibly done. I hope that I become an inspiration to my peers and community through the actions that I take. With so much that this world has to offer with so little time, I love to discover new point of views, cultures, and people. If my plan goes exactly as I imagine, I'll be a Registered Nurse, giving direct help in the fast pace emergency room where help is directly needed. My ultimate goal in life, however, is to be able to donate a year of my life to Doctors without Borders, and give medical help to those that aren’t privileged enough to have access to health resources.

 

Name: Eijhon Shoemo

Class Standing: Sophomore

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Relator | Competition | Strategic | Achiever | Belief

I hale from the beautiful sunshine state Florida, where I was raised for the majority of my life. Due to my father being in the military, I have traveled to many places in the world. Eventually, I made my way to California to pursue my dream of going to college. My goal in life is to be the first person in my generation to receive a degree, specifically one in finance. The reason I joined TAKE was to be able to give freshman the same exciting and rewarding experience that I felt when first attending CSUN. What I hope the freshman can take away from the performance is that feeling of not being alone anymore. I want them not only to find friends amongst their peers but to also find friendship amongst the TAKE family.

 

Name: Emilie Karimian

Class Standing: Junior 

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Activator | Communication | Positivity | Strategic | Woo

It’s all about making an impact. Being the reason for someone to feel inspired. Being the reason for someone to know they matter; that they are important. Being the reason for someone to know their voice is strong and they don’t standalone. I hope to make an impact. I hope to showcase characteristics of guidance and openness to all those I encounter, because by putting your faith in a person can motivate them to believe in themselves. It’s very easy to go about this world and not truly live it. I believe that when I invest myself in other’s that is when I truly grow as a person. It’s easy to get lost in college. You really are a small fish in a big pond, but with the right people you can learn how to stand out; and that’s what’s beautiful – the journey. 

 

 

Name: Iris Ramirez

Class Standing: Senior

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Futuristic | Discipline| Focus | Context | Consistency

My name is Iris Ramirez and I am a senior majoring in Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Child Development. Currently, I am involved with several other organizations on campus such as Associated Students, the USU Board Of Directors, and MEChA de CSUN. It is through my involvements on campus that I work to spread social and political consciousness at CSUN. I applied for TAKE because I felt that my experience within higher education would be beneficial to incoming freshmen that feel unsure about their presence within an institution, and in an effort to help students get a better understanding of CSUN’s culture. My mission in life is so show others that regardless of their struggles, they can always persevere, and that with vulnerability comes incredible beauty and strength. It’s important to discover that resilience comes in some of the most unexpected places. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" - Maya Angelo.

 

Name: Jasmine Cerezo

Class Standing: Junior

 Includer |Positivity | Futuristic | Developer | Input

It has always been my goal to help others. I hope that through my uplifting energy I am able to brighten someone's day, help them gain the courage to achieve the goals they set for themselves, and to simply feel comfortable enough to be themselves. I am constantly trying to find ways for self-improvement and firmly believe that there is something to learn from every person you encounter. After watching TAKE my first year and while being in the New Student Orientation program I have been exposed to many great individuals who have taught me countless of life lessons. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to be a positive role model to the incoming freshmen. I hope they feel welcomed here at CSUN and are able to make CSUN their second home.

 

Name: Missael Maldonado

Class Standing: Senior

Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Harmony | Includer | Positivity | Communication | Achiever

My life's purpose is to live every day to my fullest potential and become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being grateful as each day is a gift. This has led me to enjoy the little things in life and become happy with the present moment. I have now realized that education has been a platform that will allow me to achieve great things. This is where TAKE came into my life. TAKE had such a deep anchoring emotional experience that I will forever hold as a perspective of peoples' struggles and how we can overcome them. I joined TAKE in order to be able to have the same effect on the future generations. I see every relationship as a fulfilling experience to understand others but more importantly understand more of myself. I want to motivate others to become the best version of themselves with whatever circumstance they are presented. My personal goal is to let my life be shaped by decisions I made, not by the ones I didn't. And a quote I'll always keep close, "To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world." (Dr. Seuss)

 

Name: Sabrina Maglalang 

Class Standing: Sophomore

Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Responsibility | Belief | Activator | Developer | Restorative

My personal mission is to live life knowing that I was able to make a positive impact and difference in someone’s life other than my own. I am one who thrives when people accomplish their goals, and even more so, I thrive knowing that I was able to help contribute to their success in some way, shape, or form. I want to be able to start every day with determination and end every day with satisfaction, and doing things for the greater good are what make me satisfied. I believe that success is more than just money and prestige, but is being happy with yourself and being able to share your gifts to make others around you happy as well. I have a true passion for aiding others and having the opportunity to do it for living motivates me to become a work harder for myself and for those who have always surrounded me. I personally push to live my life by taking chances to avoid regrets. Now having the opportunity and platform to share my voice to new students through TAKE, I would like to let them know that taking risks is something one should not fear, but rather, be more afraid of letting those opportunities go. I was told that if taking risks means you win; you will be thankful and happy. And if you lose, you will grow and be wiser.