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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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Don’t Be Discouraged

Posted by Evelyn

It’s January and soon enough, many students will be receiving their letters of acceptance… or their letters of rejection. So for those of you that got into their college of choice, congratulations! However, for those that didn’t, don’t be discouraged!


As a CSU Long Beach Student, I must confess that my campus was not my school of choice. My first choice for college was Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so you can imagine how disheartened and upset I was when I got that letter of rejection. But, that letter of rejection could have been the best thing that happened to me. I am now finishing up my senior year at Long Beach and have had the time of my life! I found out that I like the beach way more than I like the inland, and so who knows? If I had gone to San Luis Obispo, I could have ended up hating my college life. This could be the same for you! So don’t be upset if you do end up getting a letter of rejection, it may just be life’s way of letting you know that your first choice may not always be the best choice.

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Senior Year Opportunities: Dont Waste Your Time

Posted by Arzoo

Senior year can be one of the most stressful but memorable times of our lives. From applying to different colleges, maintaining high grades to senior events, it is one hectic year. Utilizing our time to organize and refresh ourselves can be achieved through breaks such as winter or spring breaks. This is a time where you can think about organizing your summer into a productive one. You can look for different volunteering opportunities around your community. Or use this time as an opportunity to look into the different clubs, organizations or sororities you plan on joining. Extra time like these breaks can help balance out the stress, so use your time wisely.

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Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Reach Your Dreams

Posted by Jade

Today I want to tell you about making S.M.A.R.T. goals and staying true to your dreams. It sounds a lot like staying focused. It is—focused on yourself. That is something a lot of teenagers and young adults either aren’t comfortable with, or have yet to realize the importance of.


My dream and goal is to become a counselor at the college level. My journey hasn’t always been smooth; there have been some bumps in the road making me question myself. But you can’t let life get you down, you must keep fighting! The first step is to make S.M.A.R.T. goals that are:


Specific (Who, What, Where, When, Why?)

Measurable (Track progress, reach target dates etc.)

Attainable (You’re both willing and able to work toward it)

Realistic (Goals are wise, reasonable, and important to you)

Timely (Grounded within a time frame)


If your goals are S.M.A.R.T. and your dreams are realistic, please stay on task. Don’t let a few bumps deter you from your destiny. Nothing in life is easy and sometimes, your dreams are worth struggling for. Keep that in mind the next time you’re faced with the seemingly “impossible”…and Happy Holidays!



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