Nice to Meet You, I’m Christian!
Hi everyone, my name is Christian Mejia and I attend New York University. I am an Hispanic first-generation college student and carry that with pride! I am a Senior Money Mentor at NextGenVest and here are some things to get to know me better:
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in New York City! I consider myself very fortunate to live in such a diverse city. It has allowed to meet people from all walks of life and view things from different perspectives. I never really considered going out of state for college and I don’t regret that decision at all.
What did you do in High School?
I earned an Associate's Degree! Crazy, right? My high school implements a college curriculum during the second half of the 4 years. The college courses were tough and my grades weren’t the best, but thanks to them it gave me a taste of what college life would be like.
What do you like about your college?
There is a lot to love about NYU. It’s located right in the heart of the city and there are so many clubs and organizations on campus that it’s hard not to be involved in any. I also like that there’s a wide range of classes to take throughout all of NYU’s schools.
What’s your major?
I am majoring in Computer Science! I had no idea what to major in up until my senior year in high school when I took a CS course. I decided to teach myself how to code outside of school and have been coding ever since. I also plan on minoring in business because I’ve always had an interest in the field and hope to merge it with CS.
What do you do at your college?
Outside of my studies, I am very involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter at NYU. I’ve held a position in the chapter every year since beginning college and will be the Vice President during my junior year.
Is there anything in particular you want your mentees to know?
Do not let your grades define you! I would say I have accomplished a lot despite my average academic performance. College is tough but never stop trying your best. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it and always take advantage of the resources available to you.