Brandon Ishikata is an SDSU ambassador and senior resident adviser.
The story is featured in the summer 2014 issue of 360:The Magazine of San Diego State University.
What are you most excited about as you get ready for senior year?
I’m excited about contributing to campus life in a number of ways. As an SDSU Ambassador, I am a tour guide and orientation leader for new and prospective Aztec students and their families. As a new member of Aztec P.R.I.D.E., I will represent the Office of the President at donor and alumni events. In addition, as I begin a second year as senior resident adviser in the residence halls, I will continue to help the next class of Aztecs adapt to college life. I believe college is transformational, and I enjoy being part of that change in other students’ lives.
What has been your defining Aztec experience so far?
I have been able to develop my leadership skills at SDSU through my role as senior resident advisor. The experience integrates conflict resolution, community building, learning about diversity and creating and participating in academic and social programming. I feel it has also prepared me for my participation this summer in the Kakehashi Project, a study tour of Japan designed to give Japanese American students a deeper appreciation for the country and its culture.
What are your career goals?
As a liberal studies major and a dancer/choreographer specializing in numerous genres, I think it’s important to infuse the arts into the K-5 curriculum. After graduation, I plan to earn a master’s degree in education and a multiple subjects teaching credential to become an elementary school teacher.
Who on campus has influenced you most?
Kara Bauer, associate director of residential education. She is energetic and strives to know each staff member personally. Kara lives by the motto “You matter.” When I was chosen as an outstanding student in this year’s Quest for the Best awards, I acknowledged Kara as my most influential mentor.