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Crystal Diaz

Major: Health Science

Minor: Developmental Psychology

Hometown: West Sacramento

Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Career Plans: Registered Pediatrics Nurse

Hello everyone! I am a third year, Health Science Major at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) I started CSUCI as a first-time freshman and this was the first time I had been away from home. I am originally from West Sacramento which is X hours away from CSUCI. I am the oldest of 4 siblings and a first-generation student. My dad didn't graduate from high school and my mom’s highest level of education is high school. I chose CSUCI because I really wanted to get away from home and this school had everything I wanted in a “dream school”. Being a first-time freshman at a 4-year university was very difficult for to navigate especially in my first semester because I never had anyone tell me what to expect.

One thing that helped me connect to CSUCI was being near the beach. I've always loved swimming and being in the water so being near the beach was where I go to enjoy myself. It is my happy place and I do not think about my stressors. It is always a nice time to be surrounded by friends and being able to talk and laugh. One thing I started to figure out in college was we NEED connections to help us get through the rough times, so hanging out with friends is something I do for fun.

I initially started as Pre-Nursing major to become a Registered Nurse. I ended up changing my major because my freshman year got the best of me and I didn't feel ready to apply to the Nursing program. I changed my major to Health Science because this pathway will still allow me to become a Registered Nurse. I have always loved being around kids and that's what makes me want to work in the Pediatrics department. Due to my passion with children, I decided to minor in Developmental Psychology so that I can learn more about how children develop.

As a first-generation college student, I was very lost and confused about how to navigate college life. I had a difficult time learning the best study strategies. Now that I am a Peer Mentor, I have learned the skills I need to do well in school and excel in my education. That was one of the biggest things that inspired me to become a University Culture Mentor. I am now in a position where I can help other students that are in the place I once was.