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Alejandra

Hometown: Oxnard, California
Major: Psychology
Minor: Chicano(a) Studies
Graduation Date: Spring, 2019
Career Plans: Academic Counselor

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to go to a university. Part of this was due to my mother’s educational background. She influenced and inspired me to pursue my goals in higher education. As my senior year of high school started and the time came to apply to colleges, I began feeling anxious. I was having doubts of who I was, what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go to school. After a good time of debating, I decided to start at Ventura College. While at Ventura College, I met with a counselor who helped me decide on a major and where and when I wanted to transfer to a university. I have always had an interest with mental health as well as education, so I decided to pursue this route.

As I began to finish my time at Ventura College and apply to Cal State Channel Islands, my grandpa began declining in health. I was going through a very difficult time in my life, so now I was not only focused on my college acceptances but I was also focusing on the impact it would have on my family. Luckily, my mind was a bit more at ease because the university I chose was only half an hour away. As the semester kicked off, I felt a little nervous during my first few weeks at CI. I knew I was not too far from home and even saw some familiar faces but most were completely new. I am not the most extroverted person so that worried me a little. As classes began, I became a little more comfortable with the campus and classes and even made some new friends. I learned that fellow peers at CI wanted to succeed as much as I do, and this created a wonderful and supportive environment to learn. I learned about the many different resources that CI provides to help make me a successful student, both academically and mentally. I have had times where I needed both academic and mental support and CI has been able to provide that. From the Writing and Literacy Center to Counseling and Psychological Services, these two resources have helped me very much during my time at CI. I hope to provide a welcoming and supportive hand to anyone that needs it, whether it be at CI or the local community level.