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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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The Importance of Campus Tours

Posted by Jennifer Zheng

Academics, finances, environment, and many other important factors determine whether you will attend a certain university. By attending a campus tour you will gain a better understanding of what each campus has to offer. When I was a senior in high school, I made sure to visit college campuses to receive a tour. Since it was hard for me to determine which university interested me the most, a tour helped me narrow down my options.

On a campus tour:

-You will be able to see what is offered on each campus such as the bookstore, the gym, dorms, library, academic buildings, and the health center and food options.

-You can ask questions of the tour guides who are current students! Some questions I’ve gotten from students on a tours are: “How do you like this college campus?”

-Learn about the environment, climate and landscape of each campus. You will probably be there for four years so you want to make sure that you like the weather!

– Check out the dorms. If you are going to live on campus or deciding whether or not to live on campus, this is an amazing opportunity for you to go see what the dorms have to offer.

-Make new friends! This way you will know someone before the school semester even starts!

Tips:

-When going on the tour, make sure you are toward the front of the group. Sometimes the tour groups can get fairly large so it can be hard to hear from the back.

-Make sure to have fun!


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Self-Care While Finishing Last Minute College Applications

Posted by Alexis Frutos

Applying for college is stressful. On October 1st the applications for CSU opened on Cal State Apply and the upcoming deadline, November 30th is approaching fast. During this time of strict deadlines and nerves it is easy to feel overwhelmed. As someone who went through the process of applying to multiple institutions, I learned from experience the importance of self-care during the application process. Self-care can take a multitude of forms, because really it’s just caring for yourself to reduce your stress as much as possible. Here are a few tips I have to make this time a little bit easier.

  • Understand the process of applying for college, is a stressful one and that’s ok. Part of dealing with stress is accepting it and understanding where it comes from. In the context of college applications, it’s a new obstacle in your life and anything new can feel overwhelming.
  • Step away from the computer when you need to (it’s not always procrastination). This piece of advice may counter previous tips you’ve heard but taking mental breaks while filling out college applications is necessary. Also, there are features on Cal State Apply that enable you to save your application progress then return to it when you’re ready. So, take a few minutes to an hour and use this time to recenter. Go for a walk, eat a snack, then return. This will help your overall focus.
  • Talk about your concerns with people who’ve been through the process or are going through it. It may sound repetitive, but talking through your concerns helps. Whether that be with a friend, a school counselor, or a teacher it’s important to reach out to them. These people understand what you’re going through so they can offer affirmation, advice and support.

Even with the application deadline so close you can still take time to practice self-care using these tips.


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How to be prepared for Your First Day of College

Posted by Alexis Frutos

The first day of college can be intimidating. As a new college student, you may overwhelm yourself making sure you have every color pen, highlighter, sticky note and folder but miss out on other important things. As your college insider, I want to share some things you will need to be prepared for the first day of class.

  • Print your class syllabus.

A syllabus is a guide for both you and your professor that has the entire class planned out with due dates, readings, and overall what you’ll be learning throughout the semester or quarter.For your first day of class, a significant amount of time is spent going over expectations presented on the syllabus. To prepare for this, professors will usually email it to you a few weeks early which brings me to my next point.

  • Check that email like it’s 1998.

Professors use email the most to communicate with students, even before class starts. Sometimes (not always) professors will ask you to read the introduction or first chapter of a textbook. So don’t put away those shiny new highlighters and colorful sticky notes because you might need them.

  • Be prepared to sit through a lecture.

This tip is tentative because not all professors lecture the first day but a lot of them do. And as a student, you should always go to class expecting to learn something new.


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