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My Home Away from Home

Posted by Uzias Gonzalez

It was my last year of high school, and I had decided to attend CSU East Bay in the fall after graduating. However, I was getting more and more anxious, thinking about how I was going to leave home at the end of September.


I was the first in my family to go to college, so it was going to be hard leaving my hometown and family, who I am really close with. What made me more nervous was that I was one of the few people in my high school who was moving to a different city to study. Essentially, I would have a fresh, clean start.


But the moment I moved onto campus, I quickly found a new community who made me forget my homesickness. Quickly, I started to make friends with my classmates and became part of a club on campus called “Pioneer Promoters,” where I helped out with campus events and tours.


Now, I am a student ambassador on campus, where I show families of prospective students just how amazing CSU East Bay is, the school that I call home. I would not have been able to get to know this great community if I never challenged myself to come out of my shell.



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