Why did you choose your major or program?
Because I have a talent for making connections with people, and I want to use this talent to make a difference in the world by helping one person at a time overcome their life challenges.
What is a fun fact about you that few people know?
I love the outdoors and nature. My favorite relaxation technique is getting away to enjoy camping and fishing.
What is your favorite song and why?
Same Love by Macklemore because it was one of the first rap songs to talk about gay relationships. It is not a topic that is typically discussed in the rap community, and it sends a powerful message.
What is your current favorite streaming binge and why?
Love Victor on Hulu. I can relate to his issues since I am a Hispanic person living in North America. As a teen, I faced the same challenges Victor experienced when I was trying to understand my sexual orientation.
What is your favorite hobby or activity you like to do in your free time?
I like fishing, carpentry, and repairing things.
How have your identities (race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender) affected your college experience?
In undergraduate school as a psychology major and in my graduate studies in mental health counseling, I have openly discussed issues related to my race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identity so that my classmates have a positive exposure rather than a negative exposure to these issues. I believe that these discussions will help them feel more comfortable helping clients from multicultural backgrounds.
How do you practice self-care?
By making sure I get enough sleep, by following a healthy diet, by listening to audiobooks, and by living in the present.
How are you adjusting to the “new normal” as we’re emerging from this pandemic? Do you have any tips for other students who are going back to college this semester?
Everybody should practice self-care and continue to take health precautions. It is also important to realize that it is now time for us to step out and resume our normal lives as much as possible with caution, but without fear.
As a Point BIPOC Scholar, what is your message to other LGBTQ+ BIPOC students?
Do not let others define you. Set your goals and do not be afraid to ask for help when needed because help is available.
This post’s responses were submitted by Point BIPOC Scholar Angelito Aya (He/Him/His).
Angelito is currently studying clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more about the Point BIPOC Scholarship for LGBTQ students program here.