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Kathy Martinez

Hometown: South Central, Los Angeles

Major: Sociology

Minor: Chicanx Studies, Art

Graduation Date: December, 2019

Career Plans: To work in higher education inspiring, educating, and supporting the community.

As a first-generation Latina from South Central, Los Angeles my life could have turned out very differently but my parents being the best support system encouraged me to focus on my education. I am the first in my entire family to attend a four-year university and this December of 2019 I will be the first in my family to obtain my Bachelor’s degree.

I was fortunate to be a part of a transformative program throughout my four years of high school. I was a member of Loyola Marymount University Upward Bound (LMU-UB). This program was a great support system for me that is dedicated to serving low-income, first generation students. This program taught me the saying "It’s not just what you learn, it's who you will become". Academic success was always important but we were also taught social aspects such as networking and the importance of making lifelong friendships.

I believe in everything happening for a reason so when I was denied admission to my first-choice university, another opportunity presented itself. I visited CSU Channel Islands for Discover CI Day and I immediately fell in love with the school and committed to spending the next four years at this wonderful University. I have met some of the most amazing friends, professors, faculty, and staff members that have played a part in my academic and social growth. My major is Sociology and I chose to pursue this degree due to the love I have for building community, networking, and creating change. I am a University Culture Mentor because I want to educate, support, and encourage students to continue their education and really take advantage of the opportunities provided.

To my fellow students who are starting the journey in higher education, I would like to say that every step you take towards your goal is amazing. Your journey may not be the same as others and that is okay! University Culture is here to provide mentorship, guidance, and support to you and your families.