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Juwan Armstrong's Aztec Experience

Juwan Armstrong knows all about having Aztec pride.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Juwan Armstrong
Major: Journalism, sociology minor
Campus affiliations: PSFA Civil Core and College Council, Afrikan Student Union, Student African American Brotherhood, KCR College Radio, Resident Advisor for Residential Education

1. Why did you choose SDSU?

The first time I visited and fell in love with San Diego State University was in 7th grade. My middle school offered students and their parents a campus tour. Fast-forward to attending Explore SDSU — I remember the students, staff and faculty being so welcoming and down to earth. Even though it was raining that day, everyone was charismatic, personable and passionate about this university. Listening to older students’ experiences here at SDSU definitely showed me what it meant to be an Aztec for Life!

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

Before my senior year of high school, I was set on going into the medical field until I had a difficult time in my AP biology and human anatomy honors classes. I chose journalism as my major because I am extremely nosey, l love to write and have an intense interest in everything and everyone around me. I strongly believe there’s something magical about witnessing something, documenting it and sharing it with the world.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Before starting college, my parents always told me that, “No matter what job you’re given, be the best you can and give it your all. Be better than yourself the day before. You have a name — so leave your mark!” I love this quote because I strongly believe that if you put blood, sweat and tears in everything you do, there is no reason why you can’t achieve your goals and dreams. To this day, I still use that quote when I am going through a difficult time.

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your SDSU journey?

Meeting Randi McKenzie, assistant dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, has had a huge impact on my experience at SDSU. She helped me get involved with the PSFA College Council, where I have met incredible people. Without her guidance and motivation, I do not think that I would have got involved with other organizations and clubs.

5. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

The most rewarding experience at SDSU was when I applied to be a Resident Advisor. Being an RA and working for residential education has helped me grow personally and professionally, and gave me a leadership role on campus. The RA role is life-changing and is something I’ll never regret becoming involved with because I have met amazing individuals throughout the journey. The best part of the job is interacting with my residents, both past and present. All my residents are amazing and unique. It’s great knowing that you can change the lives of your residents and watch them grow throughout their college career.

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully moving to Los Angeles or New York, working for entertainment news or having a talk show. If that plan does not work, I hope to be working as a freelance writer and being able to travel the world and write about my experiences in different countries. 

7. What’s your favorite thing about being an Aztec?

Being an Aztec is already an achievement in itself, but the knowledge I obtain at SDSU on a daily basis is priceless. Being able to learn from the numerous professors and campus leaders is what keeps my mind and drive going everyday on campus and is what makes this university in a league of its own. Everyone you come into contact with truly encourages you to be the best you can be, and that type of support leads itself to the longevity of the Aztec family. GO AZTECS!