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Commencement runs from May 12 through May 15. Commencement runs from May 12 through May 15.
 


Countdown to Graduation

Three seniors share their Aztec experiences and future plans.
By Sabrina Shahawi
 

The journey for seniors at San Diego State University is soon coming to an end, while their Aztec For Life journey is just beginning.

We caught up with three graduating seniors and asked them to reflect on their time on the Mesa. 


Haley Grosenheider, Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations

1) What are some of your accomplishments at SDSU?

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Haley Grosenheider

I’m proud of the leadership opportunities I’ve pursued. I served as vice president of public relations for Kappa Delta and the public relations director for the SDSU Panhellenic Council, the governing body that oversees all sororities here at SDSU. These positions taught me so much, not only about public relations, but also about working as a cohesive team to get things done, planning events, overseeing projects and being adaptable to the needs of the women I served. I am immensely grateful for the Greek community for providing me these leadership opportunities because they truly helped me grow as a person.

2) What are your long-term goals after graduation?

I’m a coordinator for A7D Creative Group, a social media and marketing agency in North Park. I've never been so passionate and excited about a job in my life. I’m definitely in the place I'm supposed to be right now. I feel motivated and challenged every time I step into the office. For now, I just want to pursue that and take things one step at a time. There are so many careers I'd love to pursue in the future. I want to be a magazine editor, a librarian, a social media manager and a novelist all at the same time. Everything fascinates me, which is a gift and a curse in itself. I'll figure it out one day.

3) Where was your favorite place to hang out on campus?

The 3rd floor of the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building. As a peer adviser for the School of Journalism and Media Studies, I spend six hours a week in the advising office. In addition, a majority of my classes have been on this floor throughout the years, so I’ve definitely spent more time there than anywhere else.

4) What is your best memory at SDSU?

My favorite memory during these four years was the opportunity I got to spend the summer on a Greek island studying creative writing from one of the masters of the craft, George Crane. It was the most blissful, inspirational and creative summer of my life.

5) What will you miss most about being an Aztec?

I will miss the classes I've taken. I definitely picked the right subjects to study because I have taken away so much from my classes. If I could be a professional student for the rest of my life, I would be. I really love the feeling of being a student, being in a classroom learning and discussing new and interesting information.


Kayla Martinez, Communication

1) What are some of your accomplishments at SDSU?

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Kayla Martinez

I would consider my greatest accomplishment to be my current position as a peer adviser at the Study Abroad office here at SDSU. I get to assist in sending Aztecs abroad and I love my job. I have also completed undergraduate research in both the communication and international security and conflict resolution departments. My research on women’s rights and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa has led to the opportunity to travel to Dakar, Senegal, this summer with faculty to assist in a research project that facilitates United Nations policy implementation.

2) What are your long-term goals after graduation?

I would love to work for the United Nations one day. In the more immediate future, I have set goals to get my yoga certification this summer and become a chef while continuing my research in international food security and sustainability.

3) Where was your favorite place to hang out on campus?

The Aquaplex!

4) What is your best memory at SDSU?

My best friend and I once bought a Little Caesars pizza and ate it on the bridge at the koi pond before a show at the campus theater. It was during sunset and it was a really beautiful time.

5) What will you miss most about being an Aztec?

I will miss being surrounded by so many smart people. It seems like everyone around me is a super genius that can talk about anything. I will miss everyone here so much.


Emily Carper, Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy

1) What are some of your accomplishments at SDSU?

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Emily Carper

My most fulfilling accomplishment at SDSU is introducing the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement to SDSU's campus. In November 2014, I had the pleasure of pioneering the student organization, Aztec Dance Marathon, a year-round philanthropic organization that raises funds and awareness for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In the last two years combined, Aztec Dance Marathon has raised more than $124,000 for the hospital, and I am incredibly excited to see the movement grow and expand in the years to come! Additionally, I am proud to be a member of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.88.

2) What are your long-term goals after graduation?

My immediate plans are to begin the physical therapy program at SDSU this fall (Aztec for Life!). Later I hope to earn a career as a pediatric physical therapist.

3) Where was your favorite place to hang out on campus?

I have a few favorite places to hang out on campus. I love to spend time in the Frank and Lee Goldberg Courtyard with friends to relax between classes or meetings. I also like to hang out at the Starbucks in the Student Union to study, grab a vanilla chai and get things done.

4) What is your best memory at SDSU?

This is a difficult question to answer because so many moments have made my four years at SDSU so memorable. One particularly striking memory is the reveal of our fundraising total at SDSU’s inaugural Aztec Dance Marathon. The planning of this first-year event was a whirlwind. In just 43 days, my team and I introduced the Dance Marathon movement to campus. We managed to convince 461 students to stand for 12 hours overnight and fundraise for a cause. At the end of the marathon, the total was a surprise to everyone, even myself and the executive team! At 8 a.m. on March 7, 2015, we learned that our campus raised more than $40,000 in just those 43 days, and I have never been so proud. The feeling of making such a profound impact was indescribable.

5) What will you miss most about being an Aztec?

I am lucky enough to continue my education as an Aztec through the Doctor of Physical Therapy program this fall, so I don’t have to say goodbye to SDSU just yet. However, I know I will miss being heavily involved on campus as an undergraduate and creating a home for myself at SDSU. I will miss walking on campus and seeing familiar faces, always knowing I can find a friend to chat or study with in the courtyard at any time of day. After four years, I can call so many fellow students my family.