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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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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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My Favorite Moment in College

Posted by Marissa

College was an unforgettable experience for me. I learned so much about myself and about what I wanted to do for my career. Personally, my favorite moment can’t be narrowed down to only one particular event; I have had many favorite moments. Two of the most memorable would be winning an award for public relations from the Journalism department and graduating college. They were very proud moments for me because my hard work was recognized, which is a great feeling. College is what you make it. I truly believe if you get involved, work hard and mingle with other students, you will have an unforgettable experience too.


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