In 2004, current Associated Students vice president and liberal studies major Lucy Montano began her CSULB experience in the EOP Summer Bridge Program. She has been taking advantage of numerous opportunities and held several leadership positions at CSULB ever since. Montano has fond memories, stating, “Summer Bridge was the best thing that could have happened to me. I met people who are still my friends today."
Montano did not always feel comfortable about attending college. “Before I started Summer Bridge, I was so scared because I was the first one in my family to attend college and nobody could help me and teach me the basics,” she says. “While in the Summer Bridge Program, I learned what college was all about. When the semester started, I felt like I was on top of the world because I gained the confidence that I needed to be successful while I was in Summer Bridge.”
Lucy’s confidence and abilities have allowed her to hold leadership positions in the College of Education, the Association of Future Educators and the College of Education Student Assembly. This academic year, Montano is the AS vice president. She believes it is very important for students to get involved in student government because the experience is invaluable once students leave CSULB. “Campus involvement gives you hands-on experience that is not taught in a classroom,” she shares. “It allows you to meet administrators, faculty and other students with the same interests and goals as you.”
As AS vice president, her responsibilities include serving as chair of the senate/board of directors meetings and preparing the agenda and materials each week. Montano also attends the University Student Union Board of Trustees meetings. As vice president, her goal is to ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of all CSULB students. Through these experiences, she has learned how to manage her time, work with others and communicate effectively. She is aware of the range of university services available to students. With each of these skills and more, Montano is confident that she has the ability to be a competitive candidate for employment in the future.
Students who are interested in participating in student government can visit the Associated Students Government Office in the University Student Union, room 311 or contact Montano directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.