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College Dreams Blog

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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Find Your Optimal Study Environment

Posted by Shannon Steichen

Everyone likes to study in slightly different ways. Some like to have complete silence, others prefer to be surrounded by people doing their own things, while others have a specific music playlist that is essential to their focus. For me, the best place to study is outside in a park or in my own room.

I first tried the quiet area of the library, but couldn’t focus with complete silence. Then I tried the talking area of the library, but decided that the conversations going on around me were much more interesting than my chemistry homework. When I moved to the open lawn at campus, I had enough noise to keep my brain occupied, but not so much that I could not focus on the task at hand. I also discovered that these same conditions could be achieved in my own room.

Finding out what study environment works best for you is a process that may take some time, but it will most certainly be worth the effort once you find the place that allows you to study at the optimal level.


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You + Leadership = Life-Changing Community Engagement

Posted by Kiera Sailor

This summer, I had the wonderful experience of giving back to my campus as an Orientation Leader. As I helped new students integrate smoothly at CSU Channel Islands (CI), serving as a mentor and friend to show them the CI way, each orientation challenged me to become a better woman, mentor and individual. College is a time to be a pearl; let your edges be rolled, layered and polished. So go for it. You have a campus full of leaders cheering you on!


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Prepare for CSU Admission Early

Posted by Shannon Banks

Many students don’t know they can start preparing for CSU admission as early as middle school. When the CSU looks at admission criteria, they’re looking to see that students met the a-g requirements. Students can start taking these courses as early as 7th grade.

In high school, meet with your counselor to discuss how you will meet the a-g requirements. You’ll also want to take the SAT and/or ACT multiple times because CSU campuses will only use your best scores when evaluating you for admission to their school.

In addition to the a-g requirements, each of the 23 CSU campuses may have supplemental criteria that you will need to meet if the campus is impacted, or the number of fully qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spaces. Be sure to contact each CSU you are interested in individually to ensure that you are meeting all of the requirements for their specific campus.

Overall, increasing your preparedness for a CSU will increase the probability of you being admitted. If you start getting ready for the admissions process early, it will be less stress on you when you’re anticipating admission decisions.


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