CSUN Graduate Profiles: Katharine Charnay

CSUN Graduate Profiles: Katharine Charnay


I chose CSUN because I needed somewhere
where I felt that I would be embraced it. It was important to me that I found a
community that was supportive and helped me thrive. I first enrolled in CSUN in 2014, but
I experienced a lot of health issues, so I had to take a medical leave. So coming
back was difficult. I was nervous and insecure as a student,
but I attended Dr. Kim’s course, History 271, and that’s where I kind of
found my way. I struggled with mental illness, and it was something that it took me a while to fully accept and realize I had to take responsibility for,
and it wasn’t something that was going to go away. That’s one of the things I really
respect about Katharine is that she seems quiet, but she has a ton of courage, and it takes courage to admit to a professor or to someone you don’t know
well. I came back to CSUN full force knowing that I’d have to take care of that responsibility but also wanting to thrive as a student. Especially something like mental illness which has a lot of stigma around it. The more that I get involved in the community at CSUN, the happier I became. I became an a university ambassador where I got to get tours once a week to show prospective students the things I loved about CSUN. It was important for me to not only
become a University Ambassador but then get involved in the English
Honor Society and become a treasurer there, and I just became so much more involved,
which in turn made me a better student but also a happier one. You know whenever we would talk about Brown versus The Board of Education or other landmark court cases, I could kind of see you perk up. Whenever you saw people being able to put the law to use, to create a better world, you were I could see that shaping
not only how you saw the world but what you wanted to do and your place in it. I actually applied to a couple of law schools and I’ll be attending law school this fall, and I plan on being an attorney who uses my empathic
connections with people to help teach them how to become advocates for
themselves.

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