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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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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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Why You Should Live on Campus

Posted by Annie Cao

For many students, living on campus is a big part of their college experience. There are pros and cons to living in dorms, but from my personal experience, it was definitely worth it!

 

Pros

 

  1. There’s no commute to school; you can roll out of bed and go to class.
  2. Club meetings and school events are just a short walk away, so it’s easy to become involved in campus activities.
  3. It’s a great way to make friends and find study partners, especially if you live farther from home. One building can house 100 – 200 students alone, so imagine how many people you can meet just by going to the dining hall or doing your laundry. Some of my closest friends today are people I met in my dorm.
  4. There are many convenient facilities, such as a dining hall, a laundry room, and study areas.

 

Cons

 

  1. Many students may be worried that living on campus can be expensive, but financial aid is a great resource to help pay for it.
  2. There may be a loss of privacy since most likely, you’ll be sharing a room with someone and the bathroom with other students.

 

Living in a dorm is a different experience for everyone, and some campuses may offer other features and resources. I had a really positive experience living in my dorm because I felt more focused in school since I lived on campus, I was able to get more involved in clubs, I made new friends, and most importantly, I was able to become more independent living on my own.

 

Overall, I’d recommend living on campus if you plan to go to school away from home!


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My Home Away from Home

Posted by Uzias Gonzalez

It was my last year of high school, and I had decided to attend CSU East Bay in the fall after graduating. However, I was getting more and more anxious, thinking about how I was going to leave home at the end of September.

 

I was the first in my family to go to college, so it was going to be hard leaving my hometown and family, who I am really close with. What made me more nervous was that I was one of the few people in my high school who was moving to a different city to study. Essentially, I would have a fresh, clean start.

 

But the moment I moved onto campus, I quickly found a new community who made me forget my homesickness. Quickly, I started to make friends with my classmates and became part of a club on campus called “Pioneer Promoters,” where I helped out with campus events and tours.

 

Now, I am a student ambassador on campus, where I show families of prospective students just how amazing CSU East Bay is, the school that I call home. I would not have been able to get to know this great community if I never challenged myself to come out of my shell.


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