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Orientation Leader Team

2020

Adriana Rivas
Adriana Rivas

Major: Biology

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? The welcoming environment and the broad diversity of people that can be found within campus.

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the CGI building because it has a little area where you can study while still being outside and around others.

Alexis Medina
Alexis Medina

Major: History

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Four Year Graduation Pledge, SAIL

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? A piece of advice I would give to a freshman is to not slack off in the first semester. To not take a few classes just to get the hang of it because eventually that will put them behind a have fewer units than others.

Amy Reyes
Amy Reyes

Major: Art – Visual Studies

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? What I like about CSUSB is it provides the best resources for the students. CSUSB works with every student the best way they can.

Anai Sandoval
Anai Sandoval

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, China Exchange Program

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? I would say to really explore other majors and takes classes that are not required. Have fun with your schedule.

 

Anaija Linton
Anaija Linton

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Rialto

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? The library because there is study rooms that you could go in to have time to study by yourself or with friends.

Andy Nguyen
Andy Nguyen

Major: Health Science – Public Health

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Coyote Dining, SMSU Board of Directors, volleyball intramurals

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Challenge yourself. Follow your instincts even if they are wrong because you can at least say you tried.

Annalissa Hernandez Martinez
Annalissa Hernandez Martinez

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Desert Hot Springs

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Kinesiology Student Association (KSA)

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Do as much research on the major you choose as you possibly can before actually committing to it. You may find that it is not a correct fit for you or it may give you even more reason to choose that major that you want. Also to try and make friends with staff as soon as possible. It's good to be friends with the people who work on campus because they usually know a lot and can teach you a bunch.

Auguste Torres
Auguste Torres

Major: Kinesiology – Allied Health

Hometown: Upland

CSUSB Involvement: Math Club, Kinesiology Student Association , American Medical Student Association, Orientation Leader, Intramural Soccer, research in the Department of Kinesiology

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? The 5th floor of the John Pfau library because of the absolute silence and view of the entire campus.

Bianca Pelayo
Bianca Pelayo

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Torrance

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite spot on campus will have to be the third floor of the Center for Global Innovation, the outside patio looking towards to the mountains.

Cassandra Bolanos
Cassandra Bolanos

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Ontario

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? I love the view of the mountains CSUSB has from the Center for Global Innovation. I like how kind and helpful the students are on campus and willing to interact with other students. I also like the resources campus has to offer for all the students

Chloe Arriaga
Chloe Arriaga

Major: Pre-Criminal Justice

Hometown: Redlands

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is probably the Student Union because not only can you buy food, but it is the perfect spot to either hang out with some friends, work on any homework you have, or just people watch.

Christian Amador
Christian Amador

Major: Spanish

Hometown: Riverside 

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the gym because it is a place where I have the opportunity to relax and exercise with friends. I enjoy playing basketball as well, and another fun activity that the gym offers is rock climbing, I encourage many people to stop by and try out the gym during their free time!

Christian Jimenez
Christian Jimenez

Student Orientation Coordinator

Major: Business Administration – Management

Hometown: Fontana 

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? I would say make sure to learn your campus resources, CSUSB offers a lot of different resources for all types of students! There may be something on campus that can help you out of a tight situation!

Christina Zimmerman
Christina Zimmerman

Major: Communication Studies 

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga 

CSUSB Involvement: ASI Sustainability Committee, SAGES, Circle K, Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? I like the community and organizations that the school offers. The people that I meet are always friendly, it has such a great environment.

Daniela Gonzalez
Daniela Gonzalez

Major: Computer Engineering 

Hometown: Fontana 

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the SMSU because that's a place where I can either hang out with my friends or get my work done.

Destiny Sanchez
Destiny Sanchez

Major: Business Administration – Management  

Hometown: Apple Valley 

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Special Events and Guest Services

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Do not be afraid of forming new friendships, as these friendships can be a great support in your academic, professional, and personal lives. Your friendships or even acquaintances can also enable you to easily network. Ultimately, get out of your comfort zone and try new things because this will help shape your success. 

Diana Sanchez
Diana Sanchez

Major: Psychology  

Hometown: Indio  

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Special Events and Guest Services

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the Legacy Fountain by the PE buildings, because the sound of the water relaxes me, plus the flowers on the trees are super cute.

Dominique Zometa
Dominique Zometa

Major: English  

Hometown: San Bernardino 

CSUSB Involvement: Honors Program, SCTA Future Educators Club, Circle K, Communications Club, English Club, ECP Program, Obershaw DEN, Vagina Monologues, Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? I love the faculty and how welcoming they are. They are extremely supportive and want to see us succeed. I remember emailing a faculty member late at night and actually receiving a response in less than 10 minutes. It is truly amazing to see how dedicated the faculty are on campus.

Fatima Villanueva
Fatima Villanueva

Major: Kinesiology  

Hometown: Desert Hot Springs 

CSUSB Involvement: Kinesiology Student Association (KSA), Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? As soon as you step foot on campus find a way to volunteer and create connections with the campus. Also interact with your professors and especially those in your major because making that connection will only open up more options throughout your journey in CSUSB.

Gabriel Nieto
Gabriel Nieto

Major: Geology  

Hometown: San Bernardino 

CSUSB Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, CSO for Parking and Transportation Services, Geology Club, Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the Rock Shed, it’s between the Biology building and Lot N. It's my favorite place because that’s where the majority of the rock/mineral collections are located and where the rock saw is located that cuts open rocks for study.

Gustavo Lua
Gustavo Lua

Major: Kinesiology – Exercise Science  

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Kinesiology Student Association (KSA), Pre-Physical Therapy Club

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Take time to explore yourself through your classes and school activities.

Hilda Oviedo
Hilda Oviedo

Major: Liberal Studies  

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? What I like about CSUSB is that it is all natural. We can be whoever we want and achieve great things. The campus itself is beautiful and it contains positive vibes, which I like the most. Just being there gives me a good feeling and I look forward to seeing my journey there continue.

Ingrid Munoz-Islas
Ingrid Munoz-Islas

Major: Biology  

Hometown: Moreno Valley

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Undocumented Advocates Club

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? One piece of advice I would give a first year or transfer student would be to not be afraid of asking questions. If you’re confused, chances are someone else is also confused and you’ll be helping each other out.

Isaiah Torres
Isaiah Torres

Major: Business Administration – Information Systems Technology  

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: EOP, Four Year Grad Pledge, CSUSB Math Club, Alpha Omega, Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? CSUSB is your campus where you can feel included no matter what your education background, ethnicity, religion, or gender may be.  Take these years to show youself, not just your ordinary self, but your true inner-self. When encountering challenges do your best and have hope for the best.  Growth has the "-ow" in it for a reason. No matter how painful hard work or challenging times may be, there will always room for growth.

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Major: Mathematics  

Hometown: Hesperia

CSUSB Involvement: Coyote Village Floor Rep, Honors Program, Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? The safe campus environment, the staff, and the world of possibilities available at CSUSB for first generation students.

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? The Howl n Growl because they have really good California burritos.

Jeniffer Lopez
Jeniffer Lopez

Major: English – Creative Writing  

Hometown: Rialto

CSUSB Involvement: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Orientation

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the San Manuel Student Union because you can find many resources and assistance.

Jessica Padilla
Jessica Padilla

Major: Liberal Studies  

Hometown: Barstow

CSUSB Involvement: Student Mentoring Program, Adventure Programs at the Rec, Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Don't be afraid to ask questions! It's okay if you don't know everything and it's okay if you need to seek guidance from your professors, advisers, or peers. Use your resources to help you through this amazing journey you're about to embark on! You got this!

Jojo Taloza
Jojo Taloza

Student Orientation Coordinator

Major: Nursing  

Hometown: Colton

CSUSB Involvement: University Honors Program, Student Orientation Coordinator for OFYE, Coyote Student Nurses, Class Representative for Cohort 6/22 of Nursing Program

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? You can't get through this college endeavor alone. All of the resources on campus are here to guide and assist you in this journey - you just have to be willing to ask for help!

Juan Navarrete
Juan Navarrete

Major: Political Science  

Hometown: Victorville

CSUSB Involvement: Program Board Volunteer, SAIL, Four Year Pledge, The Communication Society, Circle K International, Student Mentoring Program Mentee, and Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art because it has really cool pieces of art & history and not a lot of people visit it (besides for their class) so it’s quiet and you are able to enjoy the exhibits at your own pace. Plus, there are some exhibits that are changed or switched out every 3 months so it always has something new and different.

Katia Perez Garza
Katia Perez Garza

Major: Political Science  

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? I would say enjoy your years in CSUSB because they will go really fast. Also, make friends because you are going to need someone's help once in a while.

Lauryn Martin
Lauryn Martin

Major: Sociology  

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the picnic/grass area between University Hall and the Performing Arts building. I always make sure to bring a yoga mat or a blanket to campus because this is my preferred study spot. It's also a pretty place to eat lunch in between classes.

Lesly Lima
Lesly Lima

Major: Pre-Criminal Justice  

Hometown: Rialto

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? I really like that everyone is so friendly. Everyone accepts you for who you are and are very out reaching. CSUSB really makes you feel welcomed.

Lizett Estrada
Lizett Estrada

Major: Health Science

Hometown: Azusa

CSUSB Involvement: Vice President of Zeta Tau Alpha, Student Assistant at the Womens Resource Center, Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do in college. You can never see how much you truly grow, unless you try something new.

Magan Le
Magan Le

Major: Pre-Nursing

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Kappa Delta

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Get involved with clubs, organizations, volunteer work on campus, or even get a job on campus. By putting yourself out there, you'll gain many opportunities and connections to further your education and career. Also, take advantage of all the resources that campus has to offer, such as the Recreation and Wellness Center, the Health Center, professor's office hours, and so much more.

Manuel Alvarez
Manuel Alvarez

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Coachella

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Kinesiology Student Association (KSA), Greek Life, Resident Assistant

What do you like about CSUSB? What I like about CSUSB is that it is an all inclusive school. What I mean by this is that everyone treats each other like family. The professors here treat you with the highest respect and care very deeply about you. They try to help you as much as they can so that you pass your classes with the best grade possible.

Maria Velasco
Maria Velasco

Major: Psychology

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Do not compare your college experience to that of those around you! It is important to remember that everyone learns and progresses at their own pace.

Mario Pena
Mario Peña

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Rialto

CSUSB Involvement: Toastmasters, National Security Club, Catholic Newman Club, Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? What I love about CSUSB is the people and professors. Everyone here at our school is trying so hard to help you better yourself and your grades

 

Miranda Tafoya
Miranda Tafoya

Major: Business Administration – Management

Hometown: Riverside

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Four Year Graduation Pledge

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus would have to be the patio where there are comfortable chairs that's near the food court but coming out University Hall because it's a comfortable place to be while doing homework or talking to friends.

Mykah Jones
Mykah Jones

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Apple Valley

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is the health center because it is easy to access when you are in need of help and you don't have time to go to your primary doctor. It is also my favorite place because the staff are all very helpful there, and if you need a prescription, you can buy it for a discounted price at their pharmacy.

Natalie Avila
Natalie Avila

Major: Liberal Studies

Hometown: San Bernardino

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Circle K, Vice President of SCTA

What do you like about CSUSB? I love the diversity of CSUSB, there is a place for everyone no matter who you are! It feels like home when you find your place, even if you want to strictly focus on academics, I am guaranteed there is a spot for you on this campus.

Oluwatoyosi Akinremi
Oluwatoyosi Akinremi

Major: Communication Studies

Hometown: Victorville

CSUSB Involvement: SAAS, BSU, Resident Assistant, 2nd Year Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Go everywhere and look into everything with detail. Even if you do not think it's for you, you never know what resources or benefits it can have for you.

Oscar Moreno-Castro
Oscar Moreno-Castro

Major: Sociology 

Hometown: Thermal

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Student Mentoring Program

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? A piece of advice I would give first-year and transfer students is to not be afraid to ask questions. Don't suffer in silence!

Raeven Jones
Raeven Jones

Student Orientation Coordinator

Major: Psychology – Industrial/Organizational Concentration 

Hometown: Apple Valley

CSUSB Involvement: Student Orientation Coordinator, Leadership Think Tank Research Lab, Psychology Honors Program, Psychology Peer Advisor.

What do you like about CSUSB? I like our campus environment. I think that our campus is extremely welcoming and full of amazing students that are always open to helping each other. Our campus dynamic is like no other and our campus community is full of diversity and acceptance.

Reyan Warren
Reyan Warren

Major: Communication Studies 

Hometown: Victorville

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader, Black Student Union, Student African American Sisterhood, work in the Athletics department, Black Residential Scholars Learning Community me.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? Be a Go-Getter! Opportunities will not fall into your lap. You need to be aggressive and go after what you want and when you get it, make your presence known and take up space!

Rudy Mejia
Rudy Mejia

Major: History  

Hometown: Fontana

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? For me personally my favorite spot on this campus is the Student Union. I have so many great memories in there with friends because that is what we all chose to meet up. Like I have memories of dying on the floor from laughter and no one in the whole building batting an eye at us. The SU just gives off such an inviting vibe and it makes it a great place to be.

Vanessa Arredondo Lopez
Vanessa Arredondo Lopez

Major: Biology  

Hometown: Ontario

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

Where is your favorite place on campus? Why? My favorite place on campus is on the top floor of CGI . It's my favorite spot to hang or just to do my schoolwork because of the view and the fresh air.

Wendy Velazquez
Wendy Velazquez

Major: English  

Hometown: Rialto

CSUSB Involvement: Four-Year-Pledge Program, NSCS, Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? I love the welcoming atmosphere of it. Everyone is so welcoming, and there are so many organizations to help us through anything.

William Nguyen
William Nguyen

Major: Business Administration – Accounting   

Hometown: San Bernardino 

CSUSB Involvement: Accounting Association, Orientation Leader

What is one piece of advice you would give to a first-year or transfer student? You should go do things on campus, even if you feel out of place. Some of your best memories can come from just being exposed to new things and there is much to explore on campus.

Xiomara Motta
Xiomara Motta

Major: Psychology   

Hometown: San Bernardino 

CSUSB Involvement: Orientation Leader

What do you like about CSUSB? What I like most about CSUSB is the people! Everyone is very helpful and welcoming, you will never feel left out or like you don't belong. I have made some amazing friends and have met amazing professors that want nothing but for you to succeed.