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Jacob Sisneros chose to transfer to SDSU because of the great journalism program and the opportunity to live in San Diego. Jacob Sisneros chose to transfer to SDSU because of the great journalism program and the opportunity to live in San Diego.

Jacob Sisneros’ Aztec Experience

This Aztec is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Jacob Sisneros
Major (and minor): Journalism major with a minor in sociology
Campus affiliations: The Daily Aztec, Society of Professional Journalists, KCR College Radio

1. Why did you choose San Diego State University?

I chose to transfer to SDSU from De Anza College because of the great journalism program and the opportunity to live in San Diego. I remember vacationing in San Diego with my family when I was younger and loved everything about the city.  Once I stepped on campus for the tour, my mind was made up.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

I grew up watching, playing and reading about sports. When I took a tour of AT&T Park in San Francisco as a junior in high school, we visited the press box and I saw where the writers sit every game. I was sold on the career. After seeing how much impact news stories can have, I have considered pursuing a career in news writing as well.

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

“Don’t be afraid to fail.” The journalism adviser at my community college told me this and it has helped me get out of my comfort zone and learn a lot of the skills I have today.

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

The Daily Aztec General Manager Jay Harn has been a great source of advice regarding the world of journalism and life in general. The faculty in the journalism department have been a huge help as well.

5. What does student success mean to you?

Student success means setting students up for life after college. The post-graduation life can be intimidating, but there are so many resources and clubs on campus to allow students to choose their own path to success.

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

Joining The Daily Aztec has given me a home away from home. My life revolves around it now and I have formed such a close bond with the editorial staff. Working as a staff writer after transferring helped me learn my way around campus and introduced me to a ton of the friends I have now.

7. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement was getting the opportunity to cover the SDSU football game against the University of California for the Associated Press. The game didn’t end until midnight and I didn’t get home until 2 a.m., but the experience was like nothing else I have ever done and reaffirmed my love for sports writing.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself covering sports for a newspaper in a major city or as a sports columnist for a magazine or website. My ultimate goal is to write for Sports Illustrated.

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

My favorite thing about being an Aztec is the pride everyone takes in our school. It seems like everyone here wants to support our school any way they can whether it’s attending a game, joining a club or participating in events at the student union. It’s refreshing to see here.