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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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Choosing a Major

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Choosing a major is a challenging decision that many college students encounter throughout their college career. Some students come into their freshman year knowing what they want to major in. Other students are still unsure of what they want to study during their time in college. If you are entering your first year of college knowing that the major you entered with is not something you are passionate about, you are not alone. Many students change their major several times until they are able to find a major that they enjoy learning about.

There are many ways in which students can obtain information on choosing the major that fits them the best:

  • Go to an advising center on campus where counselors are available to discuss your career interests with you.
  • Intern to experience the potential career pathways that a major can lead you to.
  • Attend career fairs at your campus to become informed on what jobs certain majors have to offer after college.

Most importantly, you must know that the decision is yours to make. You will know when a major is right for you, simply because you will enjoy learning more and more about it.


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Two Beds, Two Homes

Posted by Beatriz Alvarez

I always wanted to leave home and experience life beyond the small town I had lived in all my life. But when I moved to East Bay, I cried for weeks, thinking it was a mistake to leave my comfort zone to a place where I didn’t know anyone. It was a year until I felt completely comfortable. I became friends with my roommates and became involved in campus activities as a contributor for the school newspaper, design editor for one of the school’s literary magazine, and a volunteer in the Event Squad.

My advice: don’t quit when it gets tough. Enjoy the ride. If you ever doubt the decision you make about leaving home, remind yourself why you did. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The Bay has become my second home. And put yourself out there and have fun. Life doesn’t always have to be so serious.


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Transferring to the CSU

Posted by Annette

As many of us know, attending a four-year university after high school can be costly. A more cost-effective route that is becoming increasingly common, one that I have chosen to take myself, is to attend community college and then transfer to a four-year university. The transferring process occasionally gets labeled as not a “real” college experience because it does not include the whole four years at a university, but it is just as rewarding. I just completed my second semester at Cal State Long Beach after transferring from a community college, and as a transfer student, I was able to build close relationships with the faculty and students in my department. Being a transfer student, I went straight into upper division courses for my major, which made it easier for me to make friends and network in my field. My advice for those who are choosing this transfer student route is to be on top of deadlines. Always make sure to know when applications and transcripts are due. I would also recommend frequently meeting with an advisor at the university to make sure you are on the right path academically.


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