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Christopher Thomas (right) poses for a photo with SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. Christopher Thomas (right) poses for a photo with SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.

Christopher Thomas’ Aztec Experience

This Aztec is the commissioner of recreation and wellness for Associated Students.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Christopher Thomas
Major (and minor): Athletic training with a double minor in Spanish and communications
Campus affiliations: SDSU Rotaract, Associated Students, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, Interfraternity Council Executive Board, and FratMANers

1. Why did you choose San Diego State University?

I am originally from Los Angeles, and I could not leave this beautiful state for any reason. When I visited SDSU for the very first time, I fell completely in love with the vibe of the campus and everything about it. I simply felt at home. I saw the potential for growth and development of myself here at SDSU. Whether it was academically, professionally, or in my extracurricular activities, I knew I could leave a legacy behind.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

I chose athletic training as my major simply for my love of sports. I grew up playing a wide variety of sports, and seeing my teammates and friends get injured gave me a positive feeling about athletic training. I aspire to become an orthopedic surgeon.

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

The best piece of advice comes from one of my childhood idols, Kobe Bryant. It is the motto I wake up to every day, “Carpe Diem.” Seize the day, make due with what you have and leave your legacy in a positive and constructive manner such that other people have the opportunity to be able to benefit from what you have done. I really care about the success of others just as much as I care about my own, so this advice definitely aligns with my ideas.

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

In all honesty, there are so many people here at SDSU that have truly impacted my life and my journey here that it’s really hard to just choose one. Christina Brown, the executive director of Associated Students, is someone that I can always turn to for advice about anything and is a mentor to my overall experience here at SDSU because she sees the impact I want to leave on this campus and does not let me bypass any opportunities.

5. What does student success mean to you?

Student success means a lot of different things that may vary from most people’s definition. A lot of people may turn to success as something long term or pertaining to their professional life. I view student success as being able to prosper from and soak in all the information that you possibly can throughout your collegiate career and leave a legacy behind for others to be able to succeed even more than you did.

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

SDSU has offered me so many different experiences that have shaped my experience. I really believe that studying abroad this past summer and being able to see many different cultures was an amazing experience. This experience alone has made me realize how lucky I am to be able to visit places I’ve always dreamed of traveling to and also has made me want to let other people know about the amazing opportunities with study abroad at SDSU.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully in five years, I will be in one of two places, either pursuing my medical degree at a prestigious medical school or finishing up my master’s degree in athletic training and being hired by a professional basketball or football team. I know I have high aspirations, but I promised myself from a very young age that I would never settle for anything else. You know what they say: if your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough.  

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

My favorite part about being an Aztec is truly the amount of pride we take in our school. Not only throughout the many sports and events, but also when it comes to faculty and staff really giving 120 percent and making sure students are set up for their highest potential to succeed in the world. Our slogan, “Leadership Starts Here,” is something I truly pride myself in because I believe in what the school is doing in every aspect and how much they care about student success is truly mind-blowing.