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What’s Your Story?

Featuring the Student Assistant Employees of the USU

The University Student Union’s “What’s Your Story?” is a fun monthly series of quick Q&As that focus on the interesting lives and work experiences of its dynamic and diverse student employees. Without these talented student workers, the USU simply could not provide all of the events and programs it offers CSUN students every year. And since we have more than 300 student employees working together, you just know they’ll have a lot of stories to tell. Let’s go meet some!

September 2019

Kanchan Ranatunga, Student Marketing Assistant

USU: How has working at the USU changed you?
Kanchan: It has changed everything in a positive way. All my friends are here, and it has given me so much work experience for my future endeavors, especially within marketing.
USU: What is your favorite spot or event on campus?
Kanchan: Definitely the USU! I find myself going to the Oasis all the time to study, decompress, and relax — I love it there! My favorite event is Matador Nights, and this year I get to work on it which is exciting!
USU: When not in classes or work, what do you love to do?
I love hiking and enjoy riding horses in Kings Canyon.
USU: After graduating, what career piques your interest?
Kanchan: I have a second job in real estate and am working on getting my real estate license. So, after graduation I hope to be a successful LA realtor.
USU: If you could invite any two dinner guests, who would they be?
Kanchan: Angelina Jolie and Calum Scott
USU: Pancakes or waffles?
Kanchan: Oh that’s hard...but pancakes!

 

  • September 2019 What's Your Story: Kanchan Ranatunga 1
  • September 2019 What's Your Story: Kanchan Ranatunga 2

Leanna Merza, Student Events Assistant

USU: How has working at the USU changed you?
Leanna: It defined the path I wanted to pursue and how much I loved the production side of things.
USU: What is your favorite spot or event on campus?
Leanna: USU Night Market is my favorite. We created that from scratch, and it gave us a lot of freedom.
USU: When not in classes or work, what do you love to do?
I love movies — event the cheesy Hallmark ones!
USU: What attracted you to working at the USU?
Leanna: I got more involved with clubs and on-campus events. Before I just came and went for classes, and now I take advantage of all we offer at the USU.
USU: How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Leanna: Honest, caring, and loyal.
USU: If you could be a part of any event, what would it be?
Leanna: I would love to plan the 626 Market — anything to do with food and entertainment!
USU: Pancakes or waffles?
Leanna: Waffles! It’s so good for toppings!

  • September 2019 What's Your Story: Leanna Merza 1
  • September 2019 What's Your Story: Leanna Merza 2