VISTA Spotlight – Blake Lopez

Blake.jpgName: Blake Lopez

Host Site: California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB)

Alma Mater: California State University, Bakersfield

Major: Engineering Sciences

Background: Throughout my time at CSUB, I have worked as: a morning Dock Associate at FedEx Freight, an English and Math tutor for the Supplemental Educational Services, an Engineering Transfer Mentor at the local Junior College, and an intern at the CSUB Fabrication Lab. These positions, and my current CSU STEM VISTA role, have helped guide me toward my goal of becoming a teacher in STEM fields, especially mathematics. Ironically, I was the typical student who would go to class and leave immediately without spending unnecessary time on campus. Now, my position requires me to be involved with all of the STEM clubs for the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) and many other extracurricular activities on campus. Continue reading

VISTA Spotlight: Jeffrey Cabanez

Profile 1 (1)Name: Jeffrey Cabanez

Host Site: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo PEEPS

Alma Mater: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Major: Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies with concentrations in Industrial Engineering and Media Arts and Technology

Background: During my time at Cal Poly, I was heavily involved in Orientation Programs. I started out as a Week of Welcome (WOW) Group Leader. I, along with a co-leader, was in charge of supporting a group of about 15 students and their transition to Cal Poly. We had to plan out different fun eventsBackground like kayaking, hiking, and laser tag, as well as facilitate discussion on topics such as personal choices and struggles, mental health, and alcohol awareness. My co and I mapped out every 15 minutes so that for the five days we had our students, we always had a place to be (remembering to feed them 3 meals a day became a slight struggle). Continue reading