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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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Romantic Findings

Posted by Marlene

My current explorations in environment are triggered by passion. When I love, I love fully. My mother always told me, “Make sure to take care of your heart.” I never questioned her because in fact, it was very true. Many times, I’ve felt that I was finally in love, but it was just something I liked. I was blinded by a continuous fight between two thoughts, like and love. It was an ordinary day when I suddenly realized that true love was there. Ambushed by seven five-year-old students who were poking me and sweetly calling my name, “Miss Marlene, Miss Marlene,” several times, I felt the moment was just perfect. I bet you’re thinking this was a love story of how I fell in love with someone. No, there is not a man that could ever make me feel as happy as I feel when I am teaching. First of all, I don’t rely on a man or anyone else for happiness. As a very joyful individual I’ve found what sparks my happiness and I wouldn’t trade teaching for anything else. These children as I often refer to as my “kids” give me an innocent and genuine love. They may not say it in words “I love you” or “I appreciate you”, but they do know how to express it. The children I teach make me laugh and smile everyday; they bring an abundant joy into my life. More doors are opening than closing and it’s because I am driven by a passion for educating.


Continuing on, although I always pictured myself falling in love at age 30, I met my first love before I discovered my passion for teaching. Recently, I’ve been in a long distance relationship with my love, Ryan Guajudo Macasero, who left America for the Philippines to pursue his aspirations. He too fell in love with journalism. I was never looking for love it found me and I decided to open my heart to an opportunity of falling in love. It will be our first anniversary on October 4, 2013. It’s not what you try to find, but what finds you along the way. The feeling is right and I know the difference between liking and being in love. When you fall in love with what you are doing it feels natural. There is never a feeling of hesitation. Moreover, it took me several attempts to finally realize that teaching was for me. From wanting to attend art school to actually shadowing my dentist at her office. My journey in discovering my passion was long, but it only took me back to my days as a child. It was during playtime with my siblings and neighbors that I would create little notebooks with scraps of lined paper for everyone to write on. Everyone would then face me and there I stood confident little “Miss Marlene” playing the role of a teacher. Now, when I stand in front of a classroom the feeling is just lovely, especially when students are actively participating in class. My passion for empowering young minds through education makes every minute worthwhile.

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Majoring in Psychology

Posted by Arzoo

I have been in love with psychology since the first class I took in high school. Usually when I tell people that I am getting my degree in this field, they automatically ask me if I can read minds. Psychology is so much more than reading some ones behaviors. Throughout the classes I have taken I found that psychology is a very broad field. I have learned about memory, therapy, research, experiments, conditioning, abnormal psychology, child psychology, developmental psychology, and pharmacology. With a degree in psychology a person can go into almost any field afterwards. It is incredibly broad and has many options. You can go into social work, therapy, human resource, research, or even business and so much more.

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The Start and the End

Posted by Marilu

Fall semester started so soon where did the summer go. This marks the beginning of my last year as an undergrad. Time flew I recall the moment I moved into the dorms and how scared I felt to start a new chapter in my life. Four years later Turlock became my second home where I created long lasting friendships and unforgettable memories. Even though the end is coming in a couple of months. I know that it will be the start to my graduate education and a new chapter ready to be written.


Anyways, enough of that. I’m excited to what is to come this semester. I look forward to my classes and the various on-campus and sorority events. Rush started last week and it’s gone great so I look forward to this coming week.


For all of you, good luck this semester. I hope it’s a good one.



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