On Saturday, April 29th, I had the opportunity to give a scholarship workshop for undocumented students at MEChA de CSUN’s Raza Youth Conference at California State University, Northridge.
Every visit to CSUN to me always feels like I am going home since it’s where I graduated. On my drive to CSUN, I got a little emotional because it hit me just how important this presentation was going to be. I was envisioning the students that I would be meeting. I was super excited and couldn’t wait.
The workshop went beyond my expectations. All the students were middle school students from either Los Angeles or Ventura County. I didn’t expect that all the students would be from middle school, but I know how important it is to expose them to these resources as early as possible. The students were great. They had so many great questions and were fully engaged.
It’s always great to give back to the community. I love helping people, especially youth. Something I learned many years ago is to give even when you know that person cannot give you anything in return.
My visit brought back so many great memories of me as a student at CSUN and as a Mechista. It is always a good reminder to know where you are going in life you should remember where you came from. It was also great to catch up with some old college friends. I also met some pretty cool individuals who were current CSUN students.
I am super excited to have developed these workshops to help students in the masses prepare for college and beyond! I do not take this lightly because I am dealing with students’ lives. I am always looking to get better and to learn from my experiences.
Thank you MEChA de CSUN for the opportunity to give my workshop at the Raza Youth Conference this year. I am very grateful and I am looking forward to working with them next year!