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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 Involved with Your Major

Posted by Shannon Banks

Part of the college experience is getting involved with campus activities that will help you learn useful skills for your major and career. As a journalism major with an emphasis in media studies, I took the opportunity to work behind the scenes at a San Diego State University’s men’s basketball game with the media relations team. I spent the game running stats to the tech vans, analyzing players’ moves and being present for the post-game press conference. Afterwards, I transcribed players’ quotes from the press conference to post online. I really enjoyed this opportunity because it gave me a glimpse into the real work I would be doing in my career field.


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Choosing a Major

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Choosing a major is a challenging decision that many college students encounter throughout their college career. Some students come into their freshman year knowing what they want to major in. Other students are still unsure of what they want to study during their time in college. If you are entering your first year of college knowing that the major you entered with is not something you are passionate about, you are not alone. Many students change their major several times until they are able to find a major that they enjoy learning about.

There are many ways in which students can obtain information on choosing the major that fits them the best:

  • Go to an advising center on campus where counselors are available to discuss your career interests with you.
  • Intern to experience the potential career pathways that a major can lead you to.
  • Attend career fairs at your campus to become informed on what jobs certain majors have to offer after college.

Most importantly, you must know that the decision is yours to make. You will know when a major is right for you, simply because you will enjoy learning more and more about it.


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Two Beds, Two Homes

Posted by Beatriz Alvarez

I always wanted to leave home and experience life beyond the small town I had lived in all my life. But when I moved to East Bay, I cried for weeks, thinking it was a mistake to leave my comfort zone to a place where I didn’t know anyone. It was a year until I felt completely comfortable. I became friends with my roommates and became involved in campus activities as a contributor for the school newspaper, design editor for one of the school’s literary magazine, and a volunteer in the Event Squad.

My advice: don’t quit when it gets tough. Enjoy the ride. If you ever doubt the decision you make about leaving home, remind yourself why you did. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The Bay has become my second home. And put yourself out there and have fun. Life doesn’t always have to be so serious.


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