Not going in straight to a four-year university was something I chose to do, but in hindsight I have my doubts about it. I attended Ventura and Oxnard Colleges before transferring into CSU Channel Islands. It was a great experience and it did help me decide what career I wanted in life, but in those two years I dedicated all my time to school without getting involved in any other activities while I was there. When I began my first semester in CSUCI, I knew that I did want to be involved in more activities, but being a transfer student is not easy. I had to get used to a new campus, new classes, and a new system. Thankfully my sister, who has been attending this school since her freshman year here, was able to help me during my second semester. Little by little, I have been able to be more involved in school and I know that each program I have been involved in since then has helped me grow as a student and as a person.
When I graduated community college and looked back on my two years I noticed that I had not been at all involved in school activities. Once I entered CSU Channel Islands I decided that when I graduated I wanted to look back and say that I had been involved in school. I became a member of different clubs and became a member of a great program called LEAP (Leaders in Education Awareness Program). LEAP has helped me meet amazing new people who I enjoy seeing every Friday when we give tours and presentations to K-8 students about college. Every Friday I look forward to meeting new children and talking to them about anything that’s on their minds. I also enjoy spending my Fridays with the rest of the LEAP members because even though we are so different we share the same desire to volunteer our time to such an amazing program. Because of LEAP I know I will look back and remember that I did get involved and that my years at CSU Channel Islands will be unforgettable thanks to the people I have met and the children I have helped.
In California, there are four different categories of colleges. Community college, CSU, UC, and private/independent. Which is the best? There is no right answer. There are hundreds of colleges and each one differs in what they have to offer. I’m sure there is a perfect one just for YOU! All you have to do is research schools online. What interests you? Do you want to go somewhere with a large student population? A variety of sports? A school close to home? Somewhere affordable? Think about what your priorities are, what components are important to you, and browse around! Applying to college can seem stressful, but if you think about it you can pick and choose what you like, similar to a buffet!! So relax, take the time to research and visit schools, and have fun with it!