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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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Choosing a Career or Major

Posted by Matthew

First of all come to college with an open mind. This is a time in your life when you will be exposed to all sorts of new things. Take time to absorb them. You shouldn’t waste time, because after all college is expensive but I recommend taking classes that interest you. And when you find something you love, run with it. You’ll be happier if you do. Just take your time and don’t feel pressured to know exactly what you want to do both in college and after. After all, we’re young and we have the rest of our lives to figure that out.


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My Freshman Year

Posted by Francisco

Moving away from home, having no rules and being on your own: sounds like heaven, right? That’s what I thought when I decided to move away from southern California to the Bay Area for school at CSU East Bay. Soon I found out that I was right—at least partially. I had a blast my first year until I started to miss my family. You see, I have two younger brothers that I started to miss, a mom that would cook amazing Mexican food, and a dad that always knew what to say.

 

The first quarter was the hardest time. I missed my mom’s home-cooked meals and instead cooked for myself or ate a cup of noodles. I had to learn to sleep well before class and I had to adjust to working so I could afford to have a social life. In other words, I was completely on my own.

 

It was a huge change, but I definitely needed the experience. Being on my own made me grow and mature. When you are getting ready to graduate from college—which might be a bit far off—and you look back on your time in college as time to have grown as a person, you will be so excited and ready to move on to the next chapter of your life. Yes, you might get scared, and you might be lonely from time to time, but that’s the beauty about growing up: You overcome these obstacles and find ways to comfort yourself or find support in those around you.

 

I promise you: you will never experience another year of school as exciting as your freshman year for so many reasons, not just being on your own away from your family.

 

P.S.: Once you leave, your family always spoils you whenever you come home to visit. Good luck!


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Getting Involved in College

Posted by Monica

Getting involved in college is a rewarding, fun and beneficial experience. Personally, I love giving back, and especially like working with kids, so I chose to get involved by volunteering to give campus tours to middle school aged students as well as inform them about how to get to college. Some of my friends have been elected positions in Student Government and the HRE, which is the group of students who are in charge of the decisions made about living on campus. They love doing what they do, and I really love getting to talk to kids every week. I’ve made tons of friends through getting involved on campus, as well as other connections that may be beneficial. After getting involved I’ve gotten to know the University President, the Dean of Students and the Vice President of Student Affairs, all of whom I didn’t know before getting involved. In the future if I need a letter of reference for a job, it can look very impressive to have a personal letter from someone who holds such a prestigious position at a university. Getting involved in high or middle school can have similar outcomes, and I highly recommend getting as involved as possible!


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