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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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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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Research Before You Apply!

Posted by Annette

The fall season is an important time for college planning. The California State University is now accepting applications for fall 2016 until November 30. If you are interested in applying, visit CSU Mentor to select the term you are applying for and fill out an application for any of the 23 campuses.

It is important to research what majors each campus offers, and campus websites and counselors are great resources to learn more about each school. Before I applied, I wanted to be sure that the campuses I was interested in offered my desired major, Communication Studies. I searched the degree programs at individual campuses and found which of the 23 campuses was the best fit for my academic path. Ultimately, I decided that CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton and CSU Northridge were my top three choices.

The application fee is $55.00 per campus, but in the case of financial hardships, there is a fee waiver application for California residents. I would recommend submitting your applications as soon as possible to hear back from campuses earlier.


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The Balancing Act

Posted by Lourd Ebuen

People often ask how I manage to balance three jobs and keep up with my studies. As a student assistant graphic designer, freelancer, and Disneyland parade performer, I find myself asking the same question. But I’ve realized that my jobs go hand-in-hand with my studies in graphic design at school, and they work well with my class schedule.

 

Keeping up with deadlines and distributing time between work, school, homework, and of course social life helps keep things in perspective. I am able to see how much time I actually have to complete my homework for school. Many times, I have to start on a project very early to get it done by the deadline or sometimes request time off of work to allow more time. One of the effective ways to do this is to carry an agenda to write things down. I stay organized with my day-to-day schedule and I am able to balance my time between work and school.

 

Working and going to school is definitely possible, so don’t be afraid to venture into the real world while in college!


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