Liberal Arts Ambassadors 2020-2021
I am from Santa Maria, CA, which is located about an hour and a half north of Westmont. All of my life, I have attended large public schools. When considering college, one challenge I encountered was the lack of guidance from teachers and counselors at my high school. I had to figure most stuff out on my own, especially being a first-generation student. From where to find out about SAT testing to knowing how to apply for scholarships, I was lost. I am thankful for websites like College Board and Khan Academy for helping me figure things out. At my school we had a college fair that Westmont attended. I was impressed with how educated and personable their students were. I came to find out my Dad used to help drive their track team around the country. I chose Westmont because I wanted to go to a smaller school that would feel like a community, and where I could express my religion as well as integrate it in my education. Also, who could turn down the beautiful Santa Barbara beaches?!
I am planning on majoring in Economics and Business and minoring in Ethnic Studies so that I can really dig into how humans affect the economy. In whatever career I pursue, I want to be able to help my community become a better place. I am definitely looking forward to my religious studies courses, and am excited to get to learn about my faith and how I can get even closer to our amazing God. Another thing I'm looking forward to is joining the Westmont Cheer team. I have cheered for six years and I cannot wait to start cheering for Westmont! I am also joining the Horizon newspaper team as a photographer and can't wait to start taking pictures. Overall, while at Westmont, I am excited to meet everyone and learn how to better myself through the incredible liberal arts education as well as the Liberal Arts Ambassadors program, not only furthering my education, but furthering my faith.
Hello, I'm Eric! I am from Oxnard, CA, which is a coastal city between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. I have attended private Catholic and Christian schools all of my life, which has allowed me to grow both spiritually and intellectually in a small, close community. I learned about Westmont by chance and initially it was not my first choice. But once I visited campus and spent a day at Westmont, I knew this is where I belonged.
As a first-generation college student, I was highly encouraged to pursue higher education. Thankfully I received avid support from both my parents and the faculty at my high school, which motivated me to push harder and strive to do my best. From there, I developed an interest in biology, as I was captivated by the beauty of nature and the way it functions. It was a passion I discovered when I visited Zion National Park, which opened my eyes to complex ecosystems and how every organism fills a niche role. I plan to continue my passion for the subject here at Westmont with the hope of joining the Sparkman lab and exploring other opportunities that arise.
When I'm not thinking about biology, I am an avid reader. I specifically enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels, like The Hunger Games, Dune, Scythe, and others. I find them to be a good way to unwind and let my mind run free, as well as explore different ideas and concepts. Nonetheless, I truly look forward to the transformative experience I'll have here at Westmont!