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Kiera Sailor

Nurture Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted by Kiera Sailor

My first year as a freshman, I wasn’t homesick at all; I felt independent and free. However, my second year as a biology major became more intense, and the reality of academic difficulty hit me. I had to create new study tools and habits because the classes were very different from my first year classes. I didn’t know what to do. I was overwhelmed with chemistry exams, biology labs, social life and a part- time job. My family was encouraging but we were unable to talk face to face.

 

Then my friend referred me to CAPS, my campus Counseling and Psychological Services. Many students are ashamed to take advantage of these services, although they provide extremely valuable resources. The counselors are so caring and encouraging, and are available to speak with you one on one. They also work with your schedule and your preferences for a counselor. Just think of them as advisors for the mind, body and spirit, guiding you on how to balance every aspect of your life.


Yazmin Doroteo

A Journey I Will Never Forget

Posted by Yazmin Doroteo

I am a first generation Xicana pursuing double majors in Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families at Cal State San Marcos. I remember being in your shoes not that long ago. It seemed stressful and frustrating because I was unsure of what schools to apply to. I was also unaware of what each college had to offer me. Even though it’s a long process, it is rewarding because you learn a lot about yourself.

 

The best advice I can give you is to apply to as many programs the school offers such as the Educational Opportunity Program, Student Support Services, College Assistance Migrant Program, ACE Scholars Services (support former foster youth), work study, and other amazing programs that will support you in your college journey. Every school offers different programs so make sure to contact the schools and ask.

 

In particular, I encourage first generation, low-income students to apply for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The program offers services including admission counseling, academic advising, peer mentoring, student success workshops, financial assistance and much more. The CSUSM deadline is February 15, 2016. I am an EOP student myself and I have the great honor to be working for them now. I am a peer mentor who works with first-generation college students, alongside friendly and kind-hearted staff who want the best for students.

 

Since I became part of the EOP program I have grown as an individual and have become a profound scholar. Helen Keller once said, “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” I strongly believe this since it applies to my journey. Make sure to always try your best, I know you can ALL DO IT.


Annette

Connect with Professors

Posted by Annette

An important tip that I offer to incoming college students is to establish positive relationships with your professors. It allows them to get to know you better as a student. If you are in a large class, it might be hard for your professor to connect with you.

 

A great starting point to building a relationship with your professor is by visiting their office hours, which should be stated in the first class session of the semester. Visiting office hours is beneficial because your professors can give more in-depth feedback on your course work and even provide future career advice. In my own experience, I have found the professors in my department to be very helpful in my academic and professional career.


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