My Undergraduate Journey

I’m back! Now that I have officially finished my Bachelor’s degree I’m hoping I'll have more time to share more of my thoughts. As my undergraduate journey has come to an end 4 and a half years later, there's been a lot of reflecting on my end. It honestly doesn’t even feel real yet. I was the first in my family to go to college and I can vividly remember the thoughts that ran through my head my first and second years of college. They were mostly thoughts of doubt in myself, how long this journey would take, and insecurities of not even knowing what I wanted to do with my life. This is also known as imposter syndrome.

I got accepted into LB State undeclared and my involvement in the Hispanic Students Business Association is what led me to declare business management as my major. It made “practical” sense, I work for a company within corporate America and eventually work my way up to be a CEO, how great does that sound? My leadership journey at CSULB was launched into motion pretty quickly because of other students in their 3rd and 4th years that saw potential in me. My first leadership position was the second semester of my freshman year where I served as the Community Relations Director of HSBA. At the end of my freshman year, I was approached by the current president that encouraged me to run for president. I was caught off guard, I still felt like I had a lot to learn and prove before I could lead an organization that was just named the organization of the year out of 200 plus organizations on campus. Those feelings of doubt kicked in that I alluded to earlier and I kept saying to myself that it was too soon and I was too young. The mentorship of those older than me in the organization inspired me so I threw my name in for the election, prepared a speech, and gave it my all. Fast forward, I was the youngest president to have ever served as HSBA president. That role was filled with so many ups and downs that pushed me out of my comfort zone to be a better leader and public servant to others.

While HSBA president I began working for companies like Amazon and Honda, while also getting involved in student government. It was around this time where I got accepted to attend a USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Public Service Weekend where I was exposed to a myriad amount of careers and opportunities in the public service sector. At that point I finally realized my passion that was there for so many years, I’m meant to be a servant leader. After I finished my HSBA presidency I decided to fully commit myself to serve in student government so I can serve others on a larger scale. I started off as a member of the lobby corps board and then served as the Chief Government Relations Officer in my junior year. I fell in love even more with being a servant leader and decided to run for student body president. I got elected and next thing you know I was a CEO sooner than I thought. I was elected as the Associated Students Incorporated President and CEO. I was now the official voice of all 37,000 plus students at CSULB and I now ran and operated a million-dollar auxiliary organization on campus.

My presidency was kind of a blur. Tons of meetings, tons of events, tons of interviews, and tons of speeches, all while trying to accomplish our executive goals that would improve the lives of all students. I can write more about this specific experience later because my thoughts on that are endless. However, the best part of that experience was implementing actual initiatives and solutions to assist students of historically marginalized communities on campus. It was at this point where I solidified my decision that I wanted to live a life of serving others for the rest of my life. My vice president/ best friend and I decided to run for re-election and she won while I, unfortunately, lost the election. I then decided to run for a state-level position and lost that election as well. I then decided that I should just graduate sooner and that it was not meant for me to serve in another leadership position for that following year. Although those two losses we're extremely crushing I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. I was originally going to stay until Spring 2020 but I only had six classes left and wasn’t going to be in a year-long leadership position as I had anticipated. I walked in my commencement ceremony that May and came back to finish my last 6 classes in the fall and that was the best thing I could've done. I was already speaking at most of the commencement because of my position so it just worked out that now my family would be in attendance since I was actually graduating. That day was also a really big blur and so surreal. I spoke in front of 10,000 plus people at my College of Business commencement with my family and close friends front row balling their eyes out as I tried not to do the same on stage.

Everything had officially come full circle in that exact moment. My 4 years of doubting myself, others seeing the potential in me, and me rising to the challenge and working my ass off to serve others and make a difference had led to that moment. It was all made possible by my family who always pushed me, supported me, and loved me unconditionally. Their sacrifices day in and day out made it possible. I am immensely grateful for all of the ups and downs throughout my undergraduate journey and I’m so excited to enter this next chapter of my life. There’s so much more I can say about my college journey in terms of what I learned, experienced, and went through and I’ll definitely be sharing more in the blogs to come but for now, here’s a quick snippet of my unforgettable college journey.

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