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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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Studying Becomes A Rhyme

Posted by Marlene

Studying has become part of my daily routine. I study early in the morning before class or in the evenings after I arrive home from work. Late nights of studying sessions have become enjoyable, only when coffee is there for the rescue! I am not a coffee addict nor am I promoting consuming coffee while studying. Coffee is just an energy supplement and it helps me stay awake after a long day of work. Moreover, creating a line of self-discipline is important for a successful studying routine. I can admit there were times when I felt very lethargic and ignored my studying material. Consequences, I received in my grade. This is when I became serious about studying. A good technique to discipline yourself is to make a mental note. By that I mean, think about all the money and effort/energy you are putting in school, you can’t afford to fail a class! Just tell yourself, “I need to study first, before I can have fun.” It is difficult to adjust to a studying routine; nonetheless, we can do it with determination. Just set reminders on your cell phone, agenda, calendars etc. In addition, approach studying in various ways; such as, there are those like me who are visual and auditory learners. I learn my material best when drawing visuals of my text and when I teach others. Figure out what your learning style is and then apply it to the material that is given to you by your teachers. It’s a great start in preparing yourself for college. Make studying a routine and motivate yourself. Studying is manageable, it became part of my routine and I am now excelling in school because of those long hours of studying. Just have fun and enjoy learning!


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Financial Aid Lateness

Posted by Evelyn

Already being March 7th and all, it may be a little late to turn in your FAFSA application. But don’t be worried if you haven’t turned it in yet. If you haven’t turned it in yet, make sure you contact the financial aid department at your campus because more than likely they can work things out with you. I remember my cousin was late in submitting her FAFSA, but she was still able to receive her grants and loans. The only drawback was that she received her money later than those who submitted their applications on time. Don’t miss the chance to get help funding your college education , it’s never too late!


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Difficult Experiences Lead To Tranquility

Posted by Marlene

My living situation outside the university’s campus is a challenge for me. Adapting to a new community like Hayward is very difficult because I have to rely on public transportation. During my second year at CSU East Bay, I moved to a nearby city named Union City to save money because living on campus is very expensive. Originally, I wanted to live in a house with four other roommates. However, I dismissed the realities of living in the suburbs. Buses take 45 min – 1 hour to get to your destination. There are time schedules, but some buses are not very accurate. During the cold dark misty mornings, I would run to the bus stop at 6:35 am afraid of missing the bus that would take us to the South Hayward Bart Station because I had an 8 am class to attend. Sometimes, I would even ride my bike to the SH Bart Station to avoid waiting for the bus, but by the time I got to the Bart Station I would be too exhausted from riding my bike on some small hills. After this experience, commuting from one city to another made me realize how important it is to plan out goals. I thought moving away from campus would save me some money; yet, I ended up spending more money on transportation and other expenses such as bills etc. I do not regret moving off campus because I still live off campus, but now I am in my third year living in a beautiful and tranquil apartment located 5mins walking distance away from my university. Although, I live in a comfortable space now, I had to experience several difficulties to appreciate the convenience of living off campus.


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