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The Aztec Experience

The Aztec Experience

Leadership Inspired

Leadership Starts Here. More than just an inspirational university motto, the opportunities at SDSU that inspire students to be bold and make their own mark in the world are countless. Whether leadership skills are gained as a honor student in a given major, or standing tall as an organization president, San Diego State is preparing students to lead in our world.

Francisco Martinez: Making a Change in the World

<a href="">See Francisco's video on YouTube</a>

With each new semester, a fresh crop of student leaders like Francisco Martinez rise above the crowd, inspire others and help shape San Diego State’s campus and the greater San Diego community in meaningful and impactful ways.

Kelly Nguyen: Learning to Lead, Learning to Grow

photo of Kelly Nguyen

Leadership is a skill that is becoming more natural for Kelly Nguyen, a first-generation sophomore from Oakland, majoring in Health Science (Public Health) at SDSU. Read Kelly's story.

Katie Foster: Sharing Experiences to Bring Campus Together

<a href="">See Katie's video on YouTube</a>

Associated Students: A Well-rounded Aztec Experience

The Aztec Experience as described by the Associated Students executive officers.

<a href="">Watch the The AS Aztec Experience video on YouTube</a>

Nicole Jackman: Leading the Way to Wellness

photo: Nicole Jackman

Jackman is a Peace Corps Volunteer at a youth center in the central region of Uganda, where she promotes HIV awareness and testing, among other sexual health initiatives. Read Nicole's story

More stories of The Aztec Experience from SDSU NewsCenter

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Did you know...


SDSU students dedicated 47,500 hours to community service during the 2014-15 academic year, making a profound impact locally and globally.



More than 100 Aztecs act as Resident Advisors and Community Assistants in Student Housing, who are role models on campus and helping lead students along their Aztec Experience.



Approximately 700 high-achieving Aztecs are enrolled in the SDSU Weber Honors College, pushing their talents to the limit and striving for academic excellence. 


Top 5

Our students are sharing their cultural experiences and knowledge with communities abroad, elevating SDSU into the Top 5 Hispanic-serving institutions for volunteers.