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Leading from the heart

Student body president thrives on serving her communities, whether in her hometown or at the Mount

August 9, 2019

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Q&A with Angelica Crispin ‘21

Angelica Crispin ’21 is the incoming president of the Student Government Association for the 2019–2020 school year. She is a political science major and a member of the Mount’s Mock Trial Team, Phi Alpha Delta and the Leadership Scholar Program.

Congratulations on being elected president of the Student Government Association. Why did you decide to run?

My parents always told me that you should be involved in your community because it directly affects your life and loved ones. I was involved in my hometown growing up, and I realized the Mount is now my home. It is a community that I love and care for. I wanted to be a part of what makes the Mount what it is. I’m doing work that affects people, my peers, and it’s a very beautiful feeling.

Tell me about your recent trip to India.

I just got back from spending 10 days in India with a Global Women in Stem Program run by Dr. Lia Roberts and Dr. Luiza Nogaj. It was a research-training trip, and we went to survey women in rural villages. This fall, we will be analyzing data from surveys we conducted to present at undergraduate research conferences. The overall goal is to educate others about breast cancer rates, political participation and healthcare around the world.

What makes you unstoppable?

Every time I decide to take on anything at the Mount, I feel empowered. I’m supported and given the tools I need, especially as a leader. I am also receiving an education that is personalized to me. Nobody is trying to fit me into a mold. All of the opportunities afforded to us as students are because our professors care about us and know us personally. That makes me unstoppable.

What’s next for you after the Mount?

I ultimately want to be a prosecutor for Tulare County, where I’m from. I grew up in a very rural, predominantly Hispanic town called Cutler Orosi. When I was in school, I became aware that my community has a bad reputation. There are a few bad apples. When we would travel out of the county, people made it seem like we were lucky to get out of there. But it was home. I was told to go and do big things and come back and make it better. And that’s what I’m going to do.

Any advice for students considering attending Mount Saint Mary’s University?

College is what you make it. If you go in it with a positive attitude there will be a positive outcome. There’s no other place like the Mount. I’ve spoken to so many people in colleges of different sizes, in different states, and none of them are as personal. Our school is challenging in the best way. It challenges more than just what you can put on paper. It challenges you as a person as well.