Manuel grew up in Selma, California, the “raisin capital of the world.” He’s a member of the Red Raider wrestling team and was voted team captain. Following graduation, he plans to become a probation officer.
The right move
I didn’t originally choose Northwestern, but I came back to the choice because I felt like I was being called by God to come here. Being a Raider has changed my life. Coming from California to Orange City was a huge culture shock, but it was the greatest decision I could have made for myself. I appreciate the atmosphere of Northwestern. It’s a lot more kicked back and slower-paced than California.
Wrestling is a huge part of my time at Northwestern and is helping me for my future career by building my mental toughness. It’s also become a leadership opportunity for me because I recently became a team captain. My best memory so far is wrestling my first home match under a spotlight.
Following a dream
I chose to major in criminal justice because law enforcement has always interested me and been a part of my life. I just didn’t know how I would go into the field. I’m learning that the reasons people commit crimes aren’t always the same or just because they want to. There are deeper issues involved. My studies are setting me up to one day become a probation officer either in the Midwest or back home in central California.