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Katherine Martinez

Hometown: South Central, Los Angeles
Major: Sociology
Graduation Date: May, 2019
Career Plans: Work for a Non-Profit Organization inspiring, educating, and supporting the community.

I am Katherine Martinez, a Mexican Salvadoran woman. I am the daughter of immigrant parents. I am a daughter of Dreamers. I am a middle child with an older and younger brother. Growing up in a community known for its high crime rates, troubled kids, and low-income households was quite challenging. Despite the many disadvantages I faced, I have always been encouraged to focus on my education in order to get out of the “ghetto”.

Throughout my four years of high school I was a member of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Upward Bound. This program was a great support system that was 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 my senior year was coming to an end and college admission letters were being sent out, I was patiently waiting for the an acceptance letter from LMU. I was denied admission to this university, and although I was disappointed, 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 your journey in higher education, I would like to say that your opinion is important and no matter how big the obstacle may be there is always a solution and you will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel! I am here to help guide you every step of the way!