May 22, 2023
Naomi Carrera

Naomi Carrera arrived on campus from Ceres’ Central Valley High School uncertain about what the future would hold, and she leaves having become as involved as nearly any student at Stan State. 

She spent her last two years planning and producing podcasts and TikTok posts to help students get involved and excited about the college experience Stan State has to offer. 

“My experiences here at Stan State have been amazing due to putting myself out there and pushing myself out of my own comfort zone,” Carrera said. “I have worked in the Office Communications and Public Affairs Office (CPA) as a marketing assistant and one of my jobs is to create TikToks showcasing student life on campus. Going to events such as Homecoming, Warrior Expo or even interviewing students at the Quad on Warrior Wednesday has helped me connect with so many other Warriors and see the fun and exciting events Stan State has to offer. Making the initial jump to get involved on campus made me who I am today. I am more confident and push myself to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.” 

It was not always easy to soldier on as a student, particularly during the pandemic. 

“I felt like quitting,” Carrera admits. “However, I showed up for myself, went on Zoom and talked to professors for help. I believe if you are passionate about something, you should go for it, push limits and be your greatest advocate.” 

If virtual learning was a challenge, the virtual world became Carrera’s home as she launched into her work for CPA expanding its outreach into TikTok and podcasts. 

“Naomi has grown significantly in her leadership and marketing abilities during her time at Stan State and has shown that she has a passion for helping others find a sense of belonging and community,” said Kristina Stamper, director of communications and creative services. “She exemplifies what it means to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations, and she continuously seeks opportunities to benefit other students with her work.” 

Carrera expects to take skills learned in her job and the classroom into the professional world. 

“My career goal is to utilize the skills I’ve learned in social media and marketing to help companies and brands,” she said. “As the years go on, social media is always changing and as a social media marketing manager, you have to adapt. I’m excited about the future and what the evolution of social media will bring.” 

Carrera chose Stan State because it was close to home because “having the opportunity to be with my family and attend a wonderful University was the best of both worlds.” 

She may not stray far from either as she heads into her career. 

“I plan to use my Stan State degree to improve life in our region by going to small local businesses and helping their social media presence,” she said. “By doing this, our region can grow and have a positive outlook.” 

#StanGrad File


Naomi Carrera 


Ceres, CA


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing 

What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?

“The memories that stand out most from my time at Stanislaus State are getting to interact with other students through photo call sessions, interviews on TikTok or recording events or athletic games. Being involved on campus and at times behind the camera capturing student life or exciting moments is so fun for me.” 

Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?

“Kristina Stamper had the greatest impact on me, because she took a chance on me. She has given me many opportunities at Stan State and for that I’m truly grateful. She has been kind and thoughtful throughout the past two years. She always pushes me to be as creative as I can be and be the best that I can be.” 

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“The advice I would give to current or future students is to get involved. People hear it all the time, but I truly believe my time here at Stan State has shown me that there is something for everyone to be a part of on campus. Join a club, get an on-campus job or join a student organization. Being involved makes your college experience 10 times better and it makes Stan State feel like home.” 

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2023. Read more StanGrad profiles.