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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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Go Beach!

Posted by Annette

When the time came for me to transfer from community college, I knew that California State University, Long Beach was my number one choice. After a bit of research, I found that CSULB had a respected Communication Studies program that was the perfect fit for me. That said, I made my studies a priority so that I would be accepted into CSULB.

Eventually, I was accepted into CSULB’s Communication Studies major and I was ecstatic. I remember calling my mom right away after I received the email and writing a very exciting Facebook post to share with my friends and family. Throughout my time at CSULB, I have made many new friends, established great relationships with the faculty in my department and grown as a person overall.

California State University, Long Beach is one of the larger campuses in the CSU system and has a variety of majors to choose from. There is always something going on, whether it be Week of Welcome for new students, a sporting event or other activities put on by Associated Students Inc. (ASI). There are many opportunities to get involved on campus, such as clubs, intramural sports and the Greek System. As a graduating senior, I am sad that my experience at CSULB is coming to an end. I would encourage all aspiring college students to check out CSULB. Go Beach!


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Resources for ACT Preparation

Posted by Kiera Sailor

California State University applications are here and so is American College Testing (ACT) preparation and testing. My advice? Don’t fear: ACT tips are available to help in this time of need!

Personally, I couldn’t afford ACT prep classes, so I used ACT’s online program and The Real ACT Prep Guide to study for the test. The online resource offers videos and text lessons in all four subject areas of the ACT. It offers full-length practice tests, as well as a game center to throw in a little fun. The ACT website also offers a free downloadable PDF of its “Preparing for the ACT” student booklet.

Most importantly, review the ACT’s “Test Day Checklist”. Report to your testing center at least 20 minutes early, and make sure you bring a calculator, acceptable photo identification, snacks and pencils! Remember to keep calm and succeed on!


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Get Connected!

Posted by Tiffaney Boyd

Hi, my name is Tiffaney Boyd and I am double majoring in Communication and Social Science at CSU San Marcos. Let me tell you, high school does not compare to college – college is full of exploration, events and experiences never imagined in high school. But it’s important to know that there is no need to wait or delay in college. As soon as you’re accepted, go get connected!

On college campuses, there are so many ways to get involved and learn about opportunities that you didn’t know existed. One thing that students often overlook in their first year is the Career Center. Don’t wait until your junior or senior year to stop by. Career counselors can help you at the start to get on the right path for success and help with interviews, resumes and internships.

Student life programs and on-campus clubs and organizations are also crucial to your personal development and connection to the campus. I got involved quite early on and I have no regrets. Through my involvements and connections, I landed a dream paid-internship, and got to fly to Sacramento and lobby on Capitol Hill (for free) and I’ve gained life-long friendships and mentors that were invaluable throughout my college journey.

With the amount of money you will be spending in college on tuition, books, and more, you don’t want to leave as the same person you came in as! So go forth and take advantage of everything your campus has to offer and leave college with memories that no class can teach. Go Cougars!


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