The student program assistants for the Promising Futures Program are current first-generation college students at Chapman who help develop and facilitate the growth of the Promising Futures Program. They assist in organizing regular program events for first-generation college students, such as regular meetings, study sessions, and socials.
+-Crystal De La Riva, Program Coordinator
The student program assistants work under the guidance and supervision of Crystal De La Riva, the Academic Advising Center’s Specialty Advisor for students in the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Program Coordinator for the Promising Futures Program, Crystal is a first-generation college student herself and is very passionate about supporting the first-generation community at Chapman.
About Crystal: I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and am currently in Chapman’s M.A. program for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a first-generation Chapman alumna, I understand the learning curve associated with adapting to the college environment. Much of my experience at Chapman was positive and I attribute this to being involved and seeking the guidance of those willing to help. I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to assist fellow Chapman panthers get the most of their college experience too!
+-Lisette Martinez, Mentoring Program Student Assistant
Message from Lisette: It was a difficult transition, coming from where I am from to Chapman University. I felt lost and I wanted to find other people like myself, first in our families to attend college, which is why the Promising Futures Program became beneficial for me. I didn’t think I would navigate easily around this school because at first I was not adjusting well, but the people I met through the program and the mentor I was matched up with became my support system away from home. The encouragement and that extra push I have received from the Promising Futures Program has boosted my confidence and helped me to slowly come out of my comfort zone and into the real world.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
+-Livi Enriquez, Student Program Assistant
Major: Public Relations and Advertising
Message from Livi: As a first-generation college student there are times where you feel like there is no where to turn to with questions and concerns. The Promising Futures program has helped me in so many ways. Even if you are not necessarily seeking advice, some good pointers will come to be useful in college and beyond. There are always opportunities to connect with other students whether it be about classes, homework, or jobs. As an incoming freshman I appreciated all the advice I was receiving from the older students who already knew all the ins and outs of Chapman.Email: email@example.com
+-Christina Lopez, Student Program Assistant
Major: Strategic and Corporate Communication
Message from Christina: During orientation, I was introduced to the Promising Futures Program. I felt an immediate connection with people who have the same struggles and understanding of what an accomplishment it is to be attending Chapman University. Through study sessions, socials, and workshops, we make a safe place for us to focus and have the support to be successful here in college and in our futures. Through the mentoring program I also gained a close relationship to my mentor and continue to build new relationships with others in the program.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
+-Aaron Ngor, Student Program Assistant
Major: Athletic Training
Message from Aaron: For many first-generation college students, the title and meaning behind the label can appear to be a disadvantage. We are the students navigating through college without the formal training and preparation. We are the students that have had to find our own way, ask for help, and look for ways to achieve our goals. The Promising Futures Program gives you the support network you need to build enriching relationships and form memorable experiences with other first-generation students and faculty. I know I will always have a place to go, somebody to talk to, and people that understand me. The friends that I have made through the program are one of the main reasons I feel connected to Chapman.Email: email@example.com
+-Moo-Bin Lee, Student Program Assistant
Major: Business Administration
Message from Moo-Bin: Anxious and excited, I boarded the plane that would take me to Chapman University, a place that I would call home for the next year. Fast forward 7,000 miles, crying babies, and one too many movies, I found myself amongst peers whom, like myself, had registered for the Summer Bridge Program through Promising Futures. Through the program, I was able to receive answers to my many questions regarding things from financial aid to finding jobs and gained valuable relationships with other first generation college students and with my mentors. Amongst the many activities and countless bursts of laughter with my newfound friends, I truly found myself at home. The unforgettable memories we made during the program and the many more thereafter would not have been possible had we not met through the Promising Futures Program. I highly encourage all first generation students alike to take advantage of this great program and really connect with everyone involved because I know that it can influence your college life in ways that you never expected.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org