Navigate Left
  • Photo taken by Molly Myers on Sept. 3, 2023 downtown across from where the Farmers Market is held.


    Abandoned shoes in Chico: photo series

  • Left side of table, Jenna McMahon, Nathan Chiochios and Jessica Miller sit with, on the right side front to back, Callum Standish, Molly Myers, Nadia Hill, and Grace Stark at  Estom Jamani Dining Commons. Photo taken April 29 by a kind employee at the dining hall.


    The Orion tries the dining hall

  • Both faculty members’ and students’ mental health are suffering due to a lack of support at Chico State and across the California State University System. Photo by Vie Studio on Pexels.


    Faculty, students’ mental health continue to suffer

  • Thanks to horror films, some names have been ruined ... or made cool. Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels.

    Arts & Entertainment

    Names horror films have ruined … or made cool

  • Sydney Sweeney in Immaculate. Photo courtesy of NEON.

    Arts & Entertainment

    He said, she said: ‘Immaculate’

Navigate Right
Breaking News
Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Humans of Chico State: Students reflect on their childhoods

Victoria Davila, junior, applied computer graphics major. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

“My main goal was to be a veterinarian and one day my friend saw me drawing and said, ‘You’re more of an art major than a veterinarian,’ and I kind of thought, ‘Yeah, I like that.’ My parents didn’t like it … eventually they accepted it.”

What do you think made them change their mind?

“I told them I was going to do graphic design and showed them what I did on a computer and I sold my art and little by little they changed their mind.”

Andre Omari, first-year exercise physiology major. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

“I had a rough childhood but I was always happy.”

What made it so rough?

“I grew up in LA and went to a Catholic private school and I had a single mom. The kids who were at the Catholic private school, these are like the worst kids because they all had rich parents and I was the only one who was poor. I was actually bullied. I wasn’t a victim or anything, but it just happened.”

Kirsten Springer, junior concrete industry management major. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

“I had a loving mother and I was the first child so I was spoiled. I have to say I was given a lot of leeway being the first kid and being loved by my family. I was always encouraged to do whatever I wanted.”

What was the best thing your mother ever taught you?

“To treat everyone with kindness and not take anything personally. I was always very wild and vibrant and I always got bullied and told to calm down. My mother just told me to shine and beat through all criticism and judgment. My mother didn’t lie to me. She told me, ‘We live in a judgmental world.'”

Gabriel Ramos, junior sustainable manufacturing major. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

“I lived in Puerto Rico and I really enjoyed running around through the forests. There was no houses around us except for up the street so we were able to explore everywhere and do our own thing.”

What do you miss the most about Puerto Rico?

“The beaches there were really nice. I don’t miss the crime. There was a lot of crime there. It was getting pretty bad, that’s one of the reasons my parents decided to move us here. I think it’s just getting worse and worse.”

Eleanor Parra, first-year health science major. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

“I didn’t have many electronics. I was always outdoors running and playing and my cousins now – 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds – they’re inside playing on iPhones and iPads. I’m just like, ‘This is horrible.'”

Ernesto Rivera can be reached at [email protected] or @ernestorivera on Twitter.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All The Orion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *