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Layda Galvan, Editor-In-Chief

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Laura Cojulun – Assistant Web & Social Media

Where are you from?:  I’m from Los Angeles

What are you getting your degree in?: Mass media major communications minor and women studies minor

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience?: Impacted in a positive way, prepared me for my career/field of study, wish I would have gotten involved sooner

What will you miss most about CSUSM?: I will miss the professors! There are some that have really cared for me!

What is your favorite college memory!: My favorite college memory is my entire freshman year!! Every night was a kickback

Shaymaa Abusalih – Fall 2016 Copy Editor

Where are you from?: I’m from Northern California (a city called Fremont).

What are you getting your degree in? :  I’m getting my degree in Literature and Writing.

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience?:   Working with the chronicle was an experience I think I needed as a writer and as a college student. I learned to work by deadline, I worked knowing there were people that depended on me and it brought me closer to likeminded people who are something of a family to me now.

What will you miss most about CSUSM?:  I’ll miss the people more than anything. Colleges are all over the country and in some ways they’re all the same. But I’ll never know a group of people or teachers like the ones here. I’ve grown with them and because of them. It’s sad thinking I won’t see a lot of them after I leave.

What is your favorite college memory!: My favorite college memory is a tough choice to make. I’m lucky  that way. So I won’t pick one. Each semester had its special moments and I’ll hold them dearly in my heart for the many years to come.

Melissa Scrivnor – Assistant Photo Editor

Where are you from? : I am from North County San Diego

What are you getting your degree in? : My degree is in visual and performing arts

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience? : Working at the Cougar Chronicle gave me a sense of community involvement.

What will you miss most about CSUSM? : I’m going to miss seeing my classmates and getting a leg workout every day.

What is your favorite college memory!: My favorite college memory is the time I got to use a jigsaw in the woodshop.

Christopher Ruiz – Distribution Manager

Where are you from? : I’m from Jamul, CA

What are you getting your degree in? : My degree is in Computer Science

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience? : The Cougar Chronicle became my second family

What will you miss most about CSUSM?: I will miss the clubs

What is your favorite college memory!: Don’t have any appropriate favorite college stories

Gayana Parsegova – Opinion Editor

Where are you from? : I’m from San Diego, CA.

What are you getting your degree in? : I’m getting a degree in Literature & Writing.

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience? : It has helped me find a home on campus, a place that I find refuge in and have found my CSUSM family.

What will you miss most about CSUSM? : I’ll miss the newspaper family, as well as my professors from the LTWR & Writing department.

What is your favorite college memory!: Staying at school until 2 a.m. working on the last edition of the newspaper of the fall 2016 edition 🙂

Taylor Mason – Staff Writer

Where are you from? :  I was born and raised in Arizona! Oceanside became my home about 5 years ago.

What are you getting your degree in? : B.A. in Communication

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience? : Working at the Cougar Chronicle has given me real world experience in the field of Journalism, as well as taught me new things!

What will you miss most about CSUSM? : Meeting new friends!

What is your favorite college memory!: Being a commuter student who has never lived on campus, I think I lost out on some of the fun stuff, but my favorite memories are probably all of the nights I have spent in the library with random classmates, lots of coffee, and snacks.

Elizabeth Cruz (waiting)

Where are you from? : I’m from Murrieta, CA

What are you getting your degree in?  : Degree in Spanish with an emphasis in psychology

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience? :  Working at the Cougar Chronicle has highly impacted my college experience because I was becoming more active and  involved with the activities on our campus. I was constantly learning about all the organizations at CSUSM and what each one had to offer to the community.

What will you miss most about CSUSM? : I will not miss the stairs, however, I will miss working with the Cougar Chronicle staff. As a staff writer and a social media assistant I learned so much of what it means to work as a team to bring out the best articles in the student newspaper.

What is your favorite college memory!: My favorite memory at CSUSM

would be the summer of my freshman year when I attended the TRIO student support services summer program and definitely when I got the opportunity to study abroad in Spain!

Christopher Morales –

Where are you from?

I was born in the small neighborhood of Boyle Heights, located in East L.A.

What are you getting your degree in?

I am getting my bachelor’s degree in both Criminology and Justice Studies as well as Sociology. I am also graduating with a minor in Political Science.

How has working at the Cougar Chronicle impacted your college experience?

The Cougar Chronicle was such a formative part of my college experience when I first started to become involved at CSUSM. The editor-in-chief assigned me to be the assistant photo editor and after I became the photo editor.

What will you miss most about CSUSM?

What I will miss most about CSUSM are all of the amazing students. We have some of the best students in the state on our campus, all of whom come with intelligence, passion, energy and a desire to learn and change the world for a better.

What is your favorite college memory?

Working in Washington, D.C. for fall 2015 through the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. I spent 11 weeks interning in the House of Representatives from late August to early November, and it was the most informative and life-changing experience of my college journey.

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