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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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Making Friends in College

Posted by Marissa

College can be an intimidating place if you don’t know anyone. Many students who have a good experience in college have most likely made a strong group of friends. I encourage all new students to make as many friends as possible so that they become more comfortable in their new home over the next few years.


Keep the tips below in mind once you start your college career.


  • Introduce yourself to people in your classes. Not only are you making a friend, but a study buddy as well.


  • Join campus clubs. Being involved in clubs is a great way to try new things and make friends while doing it!


  • Volunteer for organizations. Volunteering not only looks good on your resume but also is another way of forming relationships with students.


  • Go to school events. Whether it is a sports game or guest speaker series, make sure you go and mingle with fellow colleagues!


  • Work on campus. Many campuses offer student employment on campus. This is another way to make money and form bonds with fellow students.


  • Involve yourself in sports or physical activity classes. Being part of a team is a great way to make life-long friendships!

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Lend a Helping Hand

Posted by Matthew

Volunteering is not only an important part of college, but it’s a great way to give back and make yourself feel good! I’ve had a lot of great volunteer opportunities, including tutoring and mentoring elementary school kids at a public library, helping out at different events, like the Día de Los Muertos festival, and even building houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a great feeling knowing you can give back or just help someone out every now and then. Because let’s face it, we could all use a helping hand every now and then, so why not let it be for someone else?

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What Motivates Me to Pursue Higher Education

Posted by Marlene

This is the story of how a girl from downtown Los Angles adapted to a new environment and grew from her experiences, creating new ones to inspire others. My name is Marlene Guerrero, and I am the oldest of four children. My community, known as Skid Row, is in the heart of Los Angeles. Skid Row is a community filled with homelessness, drugs, and prostitution. According to the Los Angeles Times, In 2011, approximately 2,000 individuals were found to be living on the streets. The community I come from puts my ambitions in perspective and encourages me to aim high. In the future, my education will be my ticket back into my community where I will create change.



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