Tell us about yourself!
“Hi, I’m Jazalyn Cruz and I am a third year student at UC Berkeley, studying media studies and design. I come from a tight-knit family of five who has taught me the importance of hardwork, to take advantage of all opportunities, and to prioritize self-care.
When I transferred to Cal last fall, I was so excited to begin my journey as a Fung Fellow during my first week of school and immediately found myself super passionate about taking part in design challenges and learning more about human-centered interaction. Being a part of the Health + Tech track has brought me plenty of opportunities to solve real-life problems with hardworking students who are just as passionate as I am. I am grateful for this fellowship for acting as a close community during a huge transition in my life.
What do you study and why did you choose it?
I originally chose media studies because I went into college wanting to do professional sports broadcasting, but eventually realized that wasn’t the career for me. I have always had an interest in graphic design and have always been a great communicator; therefore, the fellowship introduced me to taking my design seriously and looking into human-centered design. Luckily, I am able to study both design and communications at Cal and I feel that they go hand-in-hand in helping me pursue a career in UX design.