Ben Mendoza (he/him/él) is a first-year, first-generation graduate student in the Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs at San Diego State University. This journey began after he earned his BA in Psychology and BS in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health from California State University, Fullerton. Ben prides himself on being the son of immigrant parents and a proud Bolivian and Mexican scholar. He was raised in Garden Grove, California, and knew from an early age that education was his calling. Ben has one publication in the Journal of American College Health titled, "Psychosocial adjustment of U.S. college students in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic." Ben currently works full-time as an Assistant Coordinator for the Residential Education Office and Pierce Greek Life Center at San Diego State University. Outside of research, Ben likes to spend time surfing the beautiful beaches of San Diego, playing Basketball, watching all kinds of movies, and memorizing song lyrics.