Why did you choose your major or program?
I intend to major in Molecular and Cell Biology. I am drawn to biology because of how dynamic and expansive the field is, as it studies the tiniest of cells to vast ecosystems. I especially love how biology has applications to numerous other disciplines, such as anthropology or engineering. Because of my interdisciplinary interests, I want to also double major or minor in the fields of psychology or criminology.
What is a fun fact about you that few people know?
I write in cursive! I’ve been doing it ever since I learned it in the 3rd grade.
What is your favorite song and why?
Pluto Projector by Rex Orange County. The song is an absolute masterpiece lyrically and musically, especially with the orchestra!
What is your current favorite streaming binge and why?
I’m currently binging the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy! I love the show so much, as I’ve watched it even as a little kid in the early 2000’s.
What is your favorite hobby or activity you like to do in your free time?
I love to penpal! I have over a dozen penpals from all over the world. It’s so interesting to learn about different cultures and ways of life, especially in a medium that is not utilized as much. It also supports the USPS!
How have your identities (race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender) affected your college experience?
I believe in intersectionality— I recognize my own privilege and oppression in the categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, and more, and I will use my voice to always fight for others. Going into college, I am especially interested in joining organizations to have my voice be heard.
How do you practice self-care?
It took me a long time to find my own method of self-care! For me, it’s recognizing the need to take breaks and de-stress. I used to be very hard on myself for not being productive, but once I shifted my mindset, I feel at peace with being able to leave work.
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?
After a year and a half of isolation, I am more than ready to go out and be as social as I can. I’m excited to meet new people and have new experiences! My advise to other students is to be kind to themselves. The pandemic has been physically, emotionally, and mentally draining, and it is alright to take all the time you need to recover.
As a Point BIPOC Scholar, what is your message to other LGBTQ+ BIPOC students?
Surround yourself with a loving and caring support system! It’s so important to have people that you can go to in your times of need. It’s important to recognize love for yourself as well. Always remember that in some shape or form, love is all around you.
This post’s responses were submitted by Point BIPOC Scholar Christian Lizaso (He/Him/His).
Christian is currently studying molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more about the Point BIPOC Scholarship for LGBTQ students program here.