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Tessa Young Tessa Young

Tessa Young's Aztec Experience

Tessa Young's Aztec Experience involves organizations, honor societies and more.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Tessa Young
Major: Applied mathematics, minors in University Honors College interdisciplinary studies and quantitative analysis for economics
Campus affiliations: SDSU Ambassadors, Rotaract, Aztec PRIDE, Mortar Board, Honors College, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key

1. Why did you choose SDSU?

I chose San Diego State University for a variety of reasons. For starters, you can’t beat the location and the campus is absolutely beautiful. I was also drawn to the diversity — it was a huge selling point for me. Finally, I just love the friendly atmosphere that SDSU has to offer students.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

My brother suggested that I major in math and, after laughing at that idea for a solid ten minutes, I gave it some serious thought. There’s actually a lot more you can do with a math degree than just teach.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

“Good enough accumulates.” Don’t settle for good enough because eventually, it won’t be good enough anymore.

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your SDSU journey?

I’ve had wonderful experiences with almost every single faculty and staff member I’ve ever encountered at SDSU. If I had to narrow it down to one, I would say Stacey Sinclair, director of the Weber Honors College, was the most influential because she encouraged me to apply to SDSU Ambassadors, which completely changed my college experience.

5. What does student success mean to you?

I think success means going to bed at the end of the day and having no regrets. I feel successful when I look back and think there’s nothing I would’ve done differently because I’m happy with the outcome.

6. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

Becoming an SDSU Ambassador changed my life the most, by far. If it weren’t for Ambassadors, I wouldn’t have met most of my closest friends. It also gives me the opportunity to inspire prospective students and encourage them to choose SDSU. I think I’ve grown a lot from the experiences in this organization.

7. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement thus far at SDSU was being accepted into Mortar Board. Mortar Board is a prestigious senior honor society that requires an application and has a unique tapping ceremony to announce acceptances. I was proud to be among some of the top students on campus and have an outlet to promote scholarship, leadership and service.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I hope to have graduated from graduate school and start a career in the field of operations research. I hope to be an analyst or consultant for a company that allows me to travel for work.

9. What’s your favorite thing about being an Aztec?

My favorite thing about being an Aztec is being able to share my love for SDSU with prospective students and their families and get them excited to come here. Go Aztecs!