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My CSU Success Story


By Edgar Barillas
Student, CSU Northridge

CSU Northridge created a platform for several opportunities I was able to take to really push myself. I wanted to learn inside and outside of the classroom from as many people as possible by becoming involved on campus and giving back to the community. All of these experiences have guided me on my career journey and allowed me to figure out who I want to become.

I chose two majors—Communication Studies and Biology—so I could get an education in both the humanities and the sciences. I chose the unlikely combination because it gave me the advantage of multiple perspectives. The breadth of my education is one of the things that has helped me stand out and add value in the professional world.

While at CSUN, I utilized my resources and connections to explore my passions, which helped get my foot in the door of the entertainment industry. During my sophomore year, I had my first experience in entertainment by coordinating Big Show, the largest annual event on campus. Working on this and other large-scale campus events gave me valuable experience to take to the professional world.

That experience along with other endeavors eventually led me to attaining internships at top entertainment companies such as Disney and the Fox Broadcasting Company.

I also just recently attended the highly competitive Summer Venture in Management Program at Harvard Business School for rising college seniors. I learned from top educators with entertainment and business backgrounds through the case study method. The experience was possible thanks to my internships and hard work at CSUN. I plan on pursuing an MBA.

My whole life I knew I would be the first in my family to attend college, and it’s with that upbringing that I really learned about hard work, determination, and the fight for success. All the time I have spent working with my family for our business has pushed me to be the best person for them and for myself.

Attending college, working and helping my family has been the best learning experience and CSUN pushed me to integrate them together.

I’m able to help my family as I pursue my dreams of attaining two bachelor’s degrees, an MBA at a top-tier school and a career in business. My education at CSUN has been a significant stepping-stone in my continuous journey to make an impact with my career.


Check out the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative to learn more about entertainment at the CSU and internship opportunities.

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