Education is a field in which I in fact believe that I canleave my mark, as I truly care about the interests of the students who arestriving for academic success and those who yet have discovered that they toocan attain a higher education. As higher education administrators, we must keepin mind our ultimate mission, which is to provide student’s access to highereducation and aid in earning accomplished degrees. I know that I will be aneven greater asset to higher education administration and ultimately, I cancontribute to the success of other young Latino males. My love and passion for working with students became evenmore solidified soon after becoming an Admissions and Outreach Counselor. I’vebeen given the responsibility of overseeing seven counties in NorthernCalifornia. It’s my job to make sure that I maximize my outreach efforts in myterritories and am able to assist students from these areas regarding theadmissions process. During this role, I’ve had the leadership opportunities ofhandling our AB540 student residencies as well as our general appeals.
I’vealso managed our annual Chicano Latino Youth Project, Sacramento City CollegeSummer Academy and College: Making it Happen! I currently sit on ourCommunications and Marketing Committee.It was a late Friday night, my mind was restless and Icouldn’t fall asleep. I was thinking of work, of all the interactions I hadwith students that week, my mind was all over the place but I clearly rememberasking myself, “is this my career”? I started thinking of my childhood andrecognized that as far as I could remember I knew I was going to college.Something clicked. Although I always knew I would go to college there weresignificant people throughout my life that made sure I was always followingthat path. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted a career in HigherEducation as a leader providing access for other minorities.Working for more than two years as an Admissions andOutreach Counselor at CSUS has strengthen my desire to return to academics andpursue a degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentrationin Higher Education Leadership (HEL).
Shortly after graduating from CSUS with a Bachelor ofScience degree in Recreation Administration, I was offered a full time positionat the Student Service Center. As a Student Service Specialist, I was able to continueworking with students, which was a newly discovered passion. I initially hadfound it rewarding working with students when I was a student assistant at theFinancial Aid Office. As a Student Service Specialist, I was able to expand myfinancial aid knowledge and familiarize myself with the policies of theRegistrar’s Office. I recall noticing how there were different layers ofpolicies and thinking to myself how many students may not be aware of thepotential negative consequences until it was too late. It’s not until a studenthas been denied to receive financial aid that they recognize how their SatisfactoryAcademic Progress is vital in succeeding. Around this time I realized that Iwas now a part of a new world – Higher Education.
I’ve been fortunate in working different jobs that have allcultivated my passion for education and changing lives, one student at a time.Eight years ago, I entered California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) as ayoung man with the intention to pursue a career in professional sports. Yet,during my time at CSUS I realized that higher education administration was thecareer in which I saw myself excelling. I would like to obtain a Master’sdegree in higher education with my ultimate career goal of being anadministrator in student affairs.