Cougar Spotlight: Dmitri Ranieri
By Jasmine Demers, Tukwut Life Student Assistant—Communications, 2016
Student leader Dmitri Ranieri is a versatile campus presence with a passion for helping others and a strong desire to leave his mark here at CSUSM.
A fourth year student from Oceanside majoring in business administration with an emphasis in accounting,he is involved in several different CSUSM organizations and keeps himself busy by staying engaged in campus activities.
What organizations are you involved with on campus?
I am currently a member of the Sigma Chi Delta Colony. I am also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the president of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. I am happy to say that I just got accepted into the Faculty Mentor Program which helps connects students with faculty who provide them with encouragement and support in their academic career. Along with those student organizations and programs, I am also the program coordinator for the University Student Union Activities Board (USUAB). The USUAB programs a variety of events such as movie nights and “USU Unplugged” to try to catch students’ attention and be more engaged with the campus.
What do you like the most about CSUSM?
What I like most about CSUSM is the size of the campus. CSUSM is relatively small and because of that everyone knows everyone. Almost every day I am late to class because I stop to say hi to people as I walk. I used to be a very quiet and shy person but this campus and its “home” feeling has really helped me build a lot of connections and break out of my shell. I also love that CSUSM is a family school. I know a variety of people who come here with a sibling or had a sibling or family member come here in the past. I am also one of those people— my sister graduated last spring and my mom is currently enrolled.
What is your favorite event to participate in on campus?
Some of my favorite events to attend are Casino Night and Movie Night. Those two events are just overall fun and it is always great to see the different people that come. The movie nights are especially fun because it’s exciting to see everyone engaged in the movie whether that means they are singing along or just shocked from seeing the movie for the first time.
How has CSUSM helped you to grow?
CSUSM has helped me grow as a person and become more personable. During my freshman year I used to come to campus for class and go straight home. I didn’t get involved and didn’t really want to. But because the campus is so inviting and welcoming, I started to get to know many different people and began to branch out. The campus provided me with great mentors and opportunities that pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and get more involved. CSUSM has really shaped me into the fun outgoing person I am today.