From an early age, I have felt that if I don’t know my history, then I don’t know my soul. I need to understand how we all connect, because everything that happened in the past is influencing us now. And, if we want to understand now and how to move forward, then we need to understand the past. CSUN was the first school where I felt connected and seen as an individual and not just a number. Initially, an advisor sat down with me and really looked at what I achieved thus far, and helped me develop the best course for my future. This belonging and individual attention continued in my studies as a student in the History department. From my relationship with various professors and my mentor, Dr. Fitzpatrick Behrens, to my role as a mentor to other students, the History department was an environment where I shaped my identity as a scholar while assisting others in developing theirs. Currently, I am writing a book and attending the Masters of Education program at UCLA. I am also earning my teaching credential. After I graduate, I plan to teach middle and high school students, and eventually teach at the college level.