Meet Jessenia Lua from the Speech-Language Pathology department at CSUSM

Jessenia Lua
Administrative Support Assistant
Speech Language Pathology

jesseniaWhat brought you to CSUSM? 
I love the school/education environment and I love the campus. I’ve always wanted to be back here and luckily an opportunity opened up where I was very welcomed. 

How long have you worked at CSUSM? 
1 year and four months.

Tell us about your background?
I was a CSUSM student long ago while working part-time as an office assistant for a publicly traded company in Carlsbad. After advancing at my job and working full time for 10 years, I was let go due to the company closing. I applied at CSUSM and here I am! 

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Lots and lots of students in the programs I coordinate, but I take it one task at a time and get it done!

What is the greatest reward of your job?
The Faculty is amazing to work for. My fellow partner-in-crime, Christina Norita, who has helped me fit in so well. 

What would people be surprised to know about you? 
I tried out for American Idol! Lol 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Reading, going to the beach, spending time with my soon-to-be husband, Steven

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
Helping guide students along their educational journey. It is truly rewarding when they appreciate all the help you provide 

What is your short-term goal?
Successfully complete my two classes I’m currently registered in so I can earn my B.A. this spring finally

What is your long-term goal?
Hopefully still be a working member of CSUSM. 

What is your favorite movie, food, book, hobbies?  
I don’t have too many favorites, just like to try everything once. If I like it, I’ll do it again. 

What would you like to do when you retire?   
Own a dog farm where I welcome any and all dogs who need a home 

Anything else you’d like to add? 
I just feel so grateful for being a part of the SLP team. I count my lucky stars to have been chosen for this position.