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Emma Kirchhoff

Where are you from?

I'm from a small rural town called Clarksburg on the California River Delta, which is about a half hour away from Sacramento. It's very into agriculture, with multi-generational farms growing pears, grapes, tomatoes, and cherries. I come from a viticultural winemaking family myself.

When are you expecting to graduate?

I'm expecting to graduate in 2021, but will be sticking around for credentialing for another year.

What’s your major (and minor, if applicable)?

I'm a History Pre Credential Major. Someday, I'll actually begin taking classes to fulfill a Spanish Minor, but that hasn't happened quite yet.

What’s it like to be a student at Chico State?

Being a student at Chico State gives you room to breathe and be who you are. The faculty and staff here help make a department feel like home, and our outdoor environment definitely helps me find peace of mind during a hectic week.

How do you like living in Chico?

I like living in Chico! It reminds me a bit of home, since we're surrounded by ag, but it still has a lively downtown and a great atmosphere.

What’s been your favorite class at Chico State and why?

I've really enjoyed classes in my major, like Middle Eastern History and Mexican-American History/Chicanx Studies, but my favorite has to have been the Intro to Ballroom Dance course I took my freshman year, because it connected me with an amazing community and helped me become a confident dancer. I still hang out with many of the people I took that class with because it created such a tight knit group.

I hear you’re interested in Ballroom Dancing, how can I find out more about that?

I'm the Vice-President of the Chico State Ballroom Dance Club, so of course I'm going to plug our meetings! We meet every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Yolo 213, and are always happy to just hang out, dance, or teach newcomers the basic steps to whatever dance they want to learn. The club also puts on events at the Wrec and in the community, which you can ask us about during tabling or find out about on our social media: chicostateballroom on Instagram and CSU Chico Ballroom Dance Club on Facebook. As I mentioned earlier, we also have classes for ballroom dance, Intro to Ballroom and Intermediate Ballroom. Intro to ballroom may sound scary, but it's super approachable!

What would be your most important advice for incoming freshman?

I think something incoming freshman should hear (or at least that I needed to hear coming into it) was to lean into your mistakes and be ready for the wild growth you're going to see in yourself. It isn't always easy, but everything is an opportunity to grow and learn. Also, never cut your own bangs, no matter how cute you think it's going to look. It's a bad idea, trust me.

What do you plan on doing when you graduate from Chico State?

When I graduate from Chico State, I want to jump right back into the classroom. I'm beyond excited to teach high school history one day, but I may not stop there. I hope to continue my higher education somewhere on the East coast to achieve at least a master's degree, if not a doctorate, but that seems so far away still! I'm trying to enjoy my last few years here as best I can.

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