Student Life & Leadership IT

AntLeader Spotlight

May, 2017

Byron Barahona

Byron Barahona
Sociology & Education, Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hawthorne, CA

UCI Involvements:
Community Outreach & Programs Intern at the Cross Cultural Center, Facilitator for REACH, Outreach and Advocacy Chair for Middle Earth Housing, Staffer for Summer Multicultural Leadership Conference, ASUCI EVP, Circle K President

What is one word you’d use to describe yourself?

How do you define success?
I used to define success by the amount of accomplishments I had, and the legacy that I would leave behind. But I think I’ve learned that for me, success is measured by the relationships you build, the friendships you form, and the memories you make.

What is your biggest accomplishment during these past 5 years?
I’ve done a few things I’m pretty proud of, mostly events that I’ve executed and workshops I’ve facilitated. But I don’t think any of that compares to how much space I’ve given myself to grow and learn. What I mean by that is that college has been a space where I’ve learned to be patient with myself, and where I’ve put myself out there to make friends and learn new things, so I guess I am my biggest accomplishment? Haha I don’t know what that means but I’m pretty proud of the person I let myself become.

What/who has motivated you during college?
Wahh, so many things. My parents, my friends, myself. Every heartbreak, every accomplishment, it all motivated me to continue on and thrive. And I think the idea of being someone who can make an impact in someone else’s life really inspired me to change the world around me.

What is one thing you’re taking away from your time here at UCI?
I don’t think I can choose just one, I am a better person today because I went to UC Irvine. The relationships I made, the mentors that were patient with me, I will carry that guidance with me everywhere I go.