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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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Tips for Suceeding on Final Exams

Posted by Xiomara

The toughest part about ending your academic term is facing final examinations. These tests can either make you or break you so you know you have to work hard to do well. I think we are all aware that obtaining a college degree isn’t easy. Life keeps you busy and just when you think you have time for yourself, life throws you another responsibility. Making time to study is difficult and some of us wish we just had more time. Sadly, there are things we cannot control so accept the challenge and strategize your plan of attack to pass those finals. Planning, organization, and rest are your tools for success.


Plan out what your days will look like on multiple calendars like a personal planner, a calendar at home and your phone and color code your events to make it user friendly. Responsibilities become less stressful when you have a visual of how much time you have to study and complete your duties.


Planning is nothing without organization. Surround yourself with things that will let you focus and think clearer. For example, if you dislike your writing, type things out in a font you like. You should also keep your book bag and desk free of clutter so that things don’t get lost and you have control of your space. Keep what you need and discard what you don’t need (my tip: do not throw graded assignments away until the end of the term so you can refer back to them, if needed)


Last but not least, rest. Keep a day, if not, a few hours to yourself to relax and destress. Whether it is through guided imagery, yoga, going out with friends or sleeping, do what you want to do instead of cramming your brain with facts for hours and hours. It is nice to give yourself breaks to keep a healthy mind and positive thoughts.


Final examinations will be less stressful if you try to make this a part of your daily routine. The hardest part is maintaining this lifestyle, but push yourself and envision your future to remind yourself that you are almost done. Good luck!

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Proud to be a Warrior

Posted by Marilu

In the three and a half years I’ve being at CSU Stanislaus I’ve realized how great it is to be a warrior. This school has more to offer than anyone can imagine. Some have never heard of Stanislaus nor can’t pronounce it. Well let me tell you about the university that has made my college experience memorable. We are located in Turlock, CA, in the central valley. We have one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve seen. Very park like with 7 ponds, cute ducks, and beautiful roses. You can sit by a tree do your homework, read, or just relax. Since the whole campus has Wi-Fi there’s no excuse to stay indoors . Not only is the campus beautiful; but it offers many services and programs for students. To mention a few there is our tutoring center that provides academic support for students. It offers tutoring in most subjects with a personal tutor or during walk in hours. The writing center assists with essay planning, organization, development, revision, and more.


Our own library is equipped with quiet study areas and group study rooms. There is several computer labs and laptops for checkout. Also, available is our reserve system where some professors have the textbook of the course on reserve for students to check out if they don’t have their textbook. This are just a few of the many services just our library has to offer imagine the rest of the campus. Students are also offered academic advising where they can start their four year plans. There is programs such as EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), SSS (Student Support Services), PACE (Program for Academic & Career Excellence) that provide academic support for students.


Now let’s talk about student life, I love it! From my personal experience I’ve taken full advantage of it by joining 3 clubs, ASI (Associated Students Inc.), Greek life, and working two jobs on-campus. I’ve enjoyed every single one of my experiences for each of the activities I’ve taken part of. ASI plans so many events for students such as Homecoming through out the year where they can enjoy free food, raffles, free T-shirts, games, live music, and more. Warrior Day has been one of the students ultimate favorite where we’ve had Baby Bash, New Boys, Mims, Ying Yang twins, and more perform.


In a nutshell, this school might not be the biggest nor have a football team; but it is big enough where students can meet people, build life- long relationships, create relationships with professors since class sizes are small, take advantage of all the services, enjoy sports, Greek life, and Housing. We have one of the nicest dorms, apartment style with different housing types to fit everyone’s needs. This school has so much to offer and for me it has given me all I could ask for. I’ve met wonderful people that I hold very close to my heart. I’ve grown as a person and discovered who I am and what I want to accomplish personally and career wise.


Many people don’t say this but Thank You CSU Stanislaus!

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How I Chose a Major and my Advice to Students

Posted by Arzoo

Choosing your major is honestly one of the most difficult decisions you will make in your lifetime, and you must know that you are never alone. When I first started college I had no idea what I was going to do but I felt like everyone else had their goals pretty set to go. Even though I was drawn towards Psychology, I just majored in Biology so I could go to into Neuropharmacology. I did enjoy learning about drugs and the brain and plus my parents really wanted me to be a doctor but then my third year I realized I was doing this because of the money and not because it was my passion. I immediately changed my major to Psychology because it was that one-degree that I absolutely loved. Yes, I won’t make as much money as my degree before and of course my parents were disappointed at first but at the end it was my decision. I have learned through life that you should do what you love and love what you do. That is the only way you will internally be happy and successful. I still don’t know 100% what I will do in my career but what I do know is I will be graduating with some valuable knowledge and hope to utilize it in some way in the future. My advice to students is just do what you love.



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