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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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Get the Most Out of College

Posted by Evelyn

If you go around colleges and ask students how they feel about college, you will get a variety of responses. However, what I think differentiates those who love college and those who may not favor it too much, is how involved they are with their campus. In high school, you are required to attend rallies, go to classes, and participate in class discussions. In college, all of that changes. You get to plan your own class schedule, decide whether you want to attend school events, and suddenly have all this free time that you didn’t have in high school.


Personally, I participate in clubs, lived at the dorms for two years, and even worked on campus. Because of all this, I love my experience at CSU Long Beach. My friends, especially those who commute to school, don’t feel as strongly because all they do is go to class and then go home. I know it can be tempting use your free time to sit on the couch, eat ice cream, and watch mindless television shows for hours on end, but you will be happier and your future will thank you if you just get involved. College has so much to offer, and it is up to you to get the most out of your time there. So look into what clubs interest you (most campuses have a welcome week where you can look around at the different programs and clubs on campus), join an intermural sports team, build relationships with those around you, and finally, go to class! After all, you are going to spend the next 4 years of your life there, so you might as well enjoy it!

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What I’d Tell My Freshman Self

Posted by Jade

There is a cliché phrase that “hindsight is always 20/20,” meaning that when you look back on things you always see them differently and are wiser than you were before. Some helpful tips I would give to myself and anyone as a freshman in college would be the following:

  • Make friends—it will ease your transition and make you more confident
  • Live on campus—it’s a good way to make friends and become acclimated to the campus
  • Study abroad—it’s an excellent experience to travel and study in a different country
  • Seek help early—don’t wait until you’re in your 3rd year to go see an academic advisor
  • Choose your schedule wisely and don’t be afraid to change your major; the average person changes careers 3 to 4 times, so feel free to explore early on in college!


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Learning How to Make Lumpia

Posted by Francisco

Coming from the Inland Empire in Southern California, where my high school was close to 90% Hispanic, I experienced total culture shock when I first came to CSU East Bay. I have to say that the incredible diversity that I have experienced at CSU East Bay has been my favorite component of the university. College is all about diverse points of view and new experiences; East Bay offers the opportunity to truly experience the meaning of “cultural melting pot.” There are people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds here. I have made friends from Korea, Spain, Panama, New York, and Brazil to name a few. When I first came here I didn’t know what lumpia was, but now I even know how to make my own! It might sound clichéd to think that East Bay is like the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, but when you come here you really see that it really is small and there isn’t much dividing us from one another except some cultural misconceptions. The moral of the story is, if you come here, get ready to learn how to make lumpia…just kidding! Coming here will be an experience that you will never forget!



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