Meet Catalina: Library Student Assistant for Outreach

CatalinaAt the William H. Hannon Library, the Outreach Department consists of four full-time employees and six library student assistants. We recently sat down with one of our student employees, Catalina Garcia, to ask her a few questions.

Where are you and your family from?

I grew up in Canoga Park, California. My mom is from Nicaragua and my papa is from El Salvador.

What is your definition of a “perfect” day?

I would start my morning by eating Denny’s pancakes, then I would take a walk with my dogs. After that, I would lie down on a hammock and read for the rest of the day unless I decided to take a nap.

What is your favorite music genre?

I am a huge k-pop fan. I listen to most groups, but my top groups would have to be TXT, BTS, and STAYC. I also listen to reggaeton, Spanish rock, and regular mainstream music. But of course, nothing beats Christmas music, especially “Last Christmas” by Wham!

With Christmas coming up, what are you looking forward to?

I can’t wait to see my family, my cousins, my nieces and nephews, and my dogs! I love the Christmas season because it gives me the excuse to always get hot chocolate from the Coffee Bean. I also love Christmas food!

Why did you choose to be a Biology major?

I have always been good at science and in my sophomore year, my AP Biology teacher really inspired me because of her enthusiasm for biology. From there my interest in biology has only increased and I can’t wait to learn more.

What has been your favorite moment so far at LMU?

My friends and I were caught up in the rain as we were walking back from studying at the library. We ran the whole way back to our dorms, but at that moment, I had so much fun because I was with my friends, even though I was drenched.

Are you involved in any organizations here at LMU?

I am part of RHA as a Floor Senator position, where we are responsible for maintaining a positive living environment for LMU students. I am a member of Tri-Beta, Elipson-Delta Chapter, which is a National Biological Honor Society and college academic fraternity for student biological sciences that are dedicated to improving the understanding of biological studies. I am also a member of the Latinx Student Union, which aims to create an inclusive and diverse group on campus to support the development of the Latinx community here at LMU.

What do you think your career looks like after LMU?

I’m still on a journey to figure out what I would like to do, but if possible, I would love to travel and explore different countries. I would also like to do either research or become a biomedical engineer.

What do you think of LMU so far?

LMU has a really pretty campus that if you even just sit outside for 5 minutes, you’ll instantly feel relaxed. Everyone is very friendly, and the professors here do make an effort to make sure every student is understanding the material and passing the class.

Any advice would you give to future students?

Get involved in any community because that is where you’ll find your true friends and discover who your support system will be for the next 4 years. Most importantly, make sure you are doing something you are passionate about