My first semester of college passed me by extremely fast. The semester is coming to an end and as I contemplate on my first weeks here, I realize how much I’ve grown as a person. My first weeks of college were so much fun, settling into my dorm, meeting new people and even going to class was very exciting for me. I have never been in a place with so much diversity of cultures, it was so new for me to be in a building where more than half of the people are white. Coming from a high school where the majority are Hispanics, being around so many white people was kind of intimidating for me. As time passed, I got more comfortable and realized how much I can relate with people from different cultures but still, I felt out of place.
I thought that I wanted to focus on my classes and have the same schedule every week, go from class to study and repeat everyday. Eventually, this got boring, I felt like I needed to join something and become involved on campus but I was scared to try something new/ getting rejected. I finally decided to put my fear to the side when I went to motivational presentation on things you need to do before you graduate, I was inspired by the speaker, Jullien Gordon and realized that I am here because of all of the decisions I have made in the past. I decided that I have control of my life so I looked through different clubs and organizations on campus and found one that interested me. I joined Mujeres Ayudando La Raza(MAR), a non profit organization for the purpose of creating a network support for Chicana/Latina students based on community service. Joining this organization changed my life, I cannot think of a better way of spending my first semester in college. Being part of this organization has helped me make connections and burst out of my bubble. I feel great being part of something as important as MAR, here at Sac State. I think that if I wouldn’t had joined I would feel like a part of me was missing. I love being around girls who share a similar background as me, not giving up and doing anything to succeed, having the same passion to help change our communities and always having a positive attitude. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world than here, at Sac State making my dreams come true, step by step. I feel very blessed to have all of these opportunities available for me.