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Anjie Frias and her four children (photo taken prior to March 2020).

Anjie Frias and her four children (photo taken prior to March 2020).

Anjie and Patrick Frias

Anjie and Patrick Frias

Meet Board Members Anjie and Patrick Frias

Georgia Transplants Making California and SDSU Their Home

By Sharon Penny

“We are given the chance to stay informed about everything that was happening at SDSU and to support our son as needed, yet respect his independence as a young adult.” — Anjie Frias

Patrick and Anjie Frias, along with their three youngest children, recently relocated to San Diego from Atlanta for Patrick’s job. Their second son, Thomas, also saw an opportunity — he’s now in his sophomore year at San Diego State University, majoring in pre-med kinesiology.

Due to their enthusiasm and involvement with the Aztec Parents Association, Patrick and Anjie were soon approached to be the parent representatives for 2020-21 Aztec Parent events, including New Student and Family Convocation.

“When we were approached about the opportunity to serve as the parent representatives for the New Student and Family Convocation, we were honored,” said Anjie. “We have an older son who has attended two out-of-state universities, and those universities did not have a similar ceremony. So, we recognized last year that Convocation provides a strong, unifying moment in a family’s transition to college, and we wanted to give back by representing the parents this year.”

For the first time in its 18-year history, New Student and Family Convocation was held virtually due to the pandemic. The Frias’ provided much reassurance to new parents that their students are in the right place during these unique times.

Both Patrick and Anjie agreed that the work the Aztec Parents Association does by raising funds to support students is invaluable. With the association providing financial support to programs that include safety, student success opportunities, health and wellness, and scholarships, the Frias’ said it was hard to pinpoint just one they champion above others.

“We can find value and importance in each and every one of those issues for all SDSU students,” said Patrick. “They provide something for almost every student.”

When asked why they felt compelled to become active members in SDSU’s widely recognized parent programs, they both said being involved in their son’s new life in higher education helped them stay connected to him but also allowed them to help him grow as a self-sufficient young man.

“By finding opportunities to stay engaged with the university at the parent level, we are given the chance to stay informed about everything that was happening at SDSU and to support our son as needed, yet respect his independence as a young adult,” said Anjie.

The Frias’ oldest son is currently a student at the University of Georgia. They have a third son who is a senior in high school and a daughter in middle school. As a family, they said one of their favorite things to do as new transplants was to explore the San Diego region.

“We enjoyed getting to know our new town up until coronavirus locked us down, but we look forward to having more California adventures when it is safe to do so,” said Patrick. “One of our favorite family things to do since we moved here has been to explore all the different beaches in San Diego. Each one has something special and unique to offer.”

Both Patrick and Anjie said they understand that different parents may have other ideas on how much to be involved, but they find their experiences as active Aztec Parents Advisory Board members to be personally rewarding.

“We definitely respect parents’ choices to not be as involved with their student’s college experience. We, however, feel that there are invaluable benefits from being a part of a university parent organization,” said Anjie. “We are able to stay better-informed about the university’s goals and initiatives through the parent organization. We have also learned about the programs that the Aztec Parents Association supports and have been impressed by the diverse array of offerings that gives each student a chance to feel at home and be successful at SDSU.” 

Published in News for Aztec Parents Fall 2020