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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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An Embarassing Mistake

Posted by Tanya

You would think that the older you get and reach higher grade levels, the more you would know. Like in high school, you feel at the bottom of the food chain your freshman year but once you get to senior year, you are on top of the world and you feel like you know it all. It is moments like these that I am about to share with you to remind you to stay grounded and learn to laugh away the embarrassment of situations.


After finishing three years at CSU Channel Islands I was entering into my senior year. I knew so much about my university since I was really involved and also worked on campus. It was the first day of class and it didn’t start until 12PM so I got to sleep in. Walking to my class well rested, I checked the sheets they posted during the first couple weeks of school to make sure I had the correct class number to go with my class title. As I get to class I greet the professor and start having a friendly conversation since I knew her and had a couple classes with her before. I sat in the very front row of a long skinny class room and feel right at home talking to friends sitting nearby. As we start class and she takes role, she gets to the end and notices that my name is not on her role sheet. I am surprised since I know I was in a class called Cultural Conversations. A girl sitting nearby let me borrow her laptop and when I logged in to see my schedule my heart stopped… I was enrolled in a Cultural Conversations class, but it was at an earlier time and with a completely different teacher. As the whole class listened, I explained that I had made a mistake and was in the wrong class and had to take the long walk out of the classroom. The fact that everyone was staring seemed to make the walk even longer. I was embarrassed but quickly laughed it off becuase I had walked away learning a lesson that was far more valuable. It doesn’t matter how long you have been doing something, you are always learning new things. Next time I will pay closer attention to my schedule. Keep up with a sense of humor and remember… it isn’t the end of the world when you make a mistake.

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The Waiting Game

Posted by Evelyn

I remember one of the most stressful times of my senior year was waiting to hear back from which colleges I had been accepted to. From November to early March, I spent my days anticipating when I would get that letter or that e-mail. I started worrying about whether I would be able to get into college, whether my GPA was high enough, what I would do if I hadn’t been accepted to any colleges, and so much more. I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way right now. I am here to give you good news! Here are some ways you can get your mind off things while being productive:


– Look for scholarships online and or through your high school counselor

– Volunteer at a local organization

– Pick up a good book to read

– Join a club (either on-campus or off-campus)


Whatever you do, don’t just sit and waste your time! Go out and learn something!

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Nursing Major

Posted by Xiomara

My name is Xiomara Maldonado, I’m 22 years old and I attend Cal State LA, “Home of the Golden Eagles”. I graduated from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in 2008 and I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at CSULA. I work on campus as the student coordinator for the Orientation and Campus Tour program to help promote higher education and campus resources. Before college, I always knew I wanted to be a healthcare professional, but with the help of career counselors and my family, I was able to narrow my options and decided that Nursing was the career for me. My experience in the Nursing program at CSULA has confirmed that I made the right decision. I’ve realized that nurses aren’t just essential, but a necessary component to a patient’s recovery process. Although doctors save lives, nurses keep you alive and I know I can be that professional with therapeutic communication skills, knowledge and patience. From patient education to wound care, I have enjoyed the journey of helping patient’s recuperate physically and emotionally and there’s no better feeling than hearing a sincere “thank you” from patients when they’re ready to go home. I want to be the best nurse I can be and I feel this program is preparing me to get there. I’ve learned how to prioritize, think critically and how to be culturally competent. I love my major and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys helping others. It is a difficult major to achieve, but it isn’t impossible and it is definitely worth it. Whether it’s nursing or another major, make your passion a profession and enjoy your career.




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