Where Are They Now – Christina Mintzmyer

September 22nd, 2015

Christina Mintzmyer

Where Are They Now – Christina Mintzmyer

By Elizabeth Parra Valenzuela

 

After graduating from Arizona State University in 2012 with a major in business communication and a minor in sociology, Christina Mintzmyer learned what many grads often do: my degree isn’t for me.

But luckily for Mintzmyer, her devotion for social work never wavered.

“I eventually realized business isn’t really what I wanted to do. I mainly use the sociology portion of my degree now,” Mintzmyer said. “So I’m going back to school to get my masters in social work and eventually become a clinical licensed social worker.”

Mintzmyer attributes her career path change to the passion she discovered for helping others, while volunteering within the various communities she’s lived.

Mintzmyer has always believed that volunteering in the community is essential for understanding people’s needs. As a military wife, Mintzmyer has moved plenty since graduating from college. With each move, the importance of connections, and community involvement, have held to be crucial for career opportunities.

From Washington D.C., to New York, to Virginia and now Texas, she has always looked for ways to get involved, and network, a quality she learned from the many mentors throughout her education.

Her College Success Arizona mentor, Marjorie, played a particularly memorable role in her college career.

“Meeting Marjorie was huge. She not only taught me life and leadership skills I use today but she was just so good to talk to about life experiences,” Mintzmyer said. “I still see her as a mentor and as a friend. I even invited her to my wedding!”

With her mentor’s guidance, Mintzmyer challenged herself throughout college by participating in clubs, joining a sorority, and even taking part in the Public Health Scholars Program.

She is currently employed at Nortex Regional Planning Commission, an aging and disabilities research center in Texas. Here, she holds the position of Housing Specialist Options Counselor assisting older adults and people with disabilities with living or financial concerns.

With the help of College Success Arizona, Mintzmyer graduated debt free.  This allowed her to pursue many other opportunities like starting a small charity fund with her husband and going back to school, without the burden of student loans.

While life after graduation is far different from college, Mintzmyer encourages students to keep on learning and improving. She continues to be active in her community and in organizations such as Toastmasters that help to strengthen her leadership skills.

“Never stop growing. That’s the biggest piece of advice I can give.”

 

Elizabeth Parra Valenzuela is a Communication and Engagement Intern and attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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