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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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Money Matters: Budgeting for College

Posted by Jade

College is sure to be one of the most memorable and (for some) most expensive experiences of your life. As such, you must remember that money matters and know how to budget for college. What is a budget? A budget is an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expenses for a given period. In other words, it is the total sum of money set aside for a purpose based on what you have coming in and how much you plan on spending.


One key thing that will help you not just before college but during and after is to prioritize and know the difference between a “want” and a “need”. A want is usually something you wish for, crave, or desire but DO NOT NEED. A need on the other hand is a requirement or a necessity. For example, most people “need” a cell phone but they “want” an expensive one that costs several hundred dollars. So, with that being said, what do you think you will need and want as college students? Try this: List the top 5 things you think you will need in college and the top 5 things you think you will want in college. Organize that list based on priority and in the order that you will acquire them. The results may surprise you!

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Asking for Help in College

Posted by Marissa

College is not easy, and there are many resources to help students succeed. First and foremost though, don’t ever hesitate to ask for help in college, no matter how nervous you may be. Professors intentionally make themselves available to help students by having office hours. Office hours are an opportunity for students to visit professors with any questions or concerns that they might have. Also, most colleges have resource centers where students can receive help with academics or future career planning. College staff, faculty and professors want to see students graduate and will assist with that process any way they can. You’re not the only one who has ever asked for help, so always remember never be scared to ask.

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What to Do Next

Posted by Tanya

As I finish up my fourth year of college I am starting to think about the big question: what am I going to do for the rest of life, which for many is a very scary question. I am filled with nerves, excitement, and apprehension. Do I want to go to grad school or do I want to take a year off? How can I make a decision that will impact the rest of my life?! After talking with a past employer and staff member at CSU Channel Islands I was given a piece of advice that I cherish and will continue to pass on. She told me you don’t need to stress about deciding what you are going to do for the rest of your life, you just need to decide what to do next. Just like college, life is full of steps you take to progress you along your journey. Every year was a stepping stone towards my goal of graduating. So when things get stressful in high school or in college, don’t think about making a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life or for all of college… just think about what you need to do next.



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