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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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My Unexpected Career Path

Posted by Tanya

When I decided to go college I thought I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I came into my freshman year as a Pre-nursing major and after two years of working towards my prerequisites and finishing up a year and three month internship- I realized that a Pre-nursing major was not exactly the right fit for me. During those two years, I took a public speaking class. Although public speaking was one of my biggest fears I took on the challenge and after many hours of practicing and stepping out of my comfort zone, I achieved success and conquered public speaking with an “A” as well as experience I could take away. That class helped me get a position on campus as an orientation leader by providing me with good speaking skills as well as boosting my confidence. That was the first place someone asked me, “Have you ever thought about becoming a Communication major?” The answer was no, that major had never crossed my mind before.


After taking a few more Communication classes I realized I fell in love with a subject. My studies were not just about public speaking but also non-verbal communication, mediation, persuasion and argumentation, cultural conversations and how we impact our world. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the positions I was getting on-campus working in Student Affairs. I absolutely loved what I did, whether it was working for Orientation, clubs and organizations in the SEAL Center, or working for Housing. I decided to join a group that talked about going into a career in Student Affairs. I have now chosen my field and will be applying to graduate schools out of state in the next couple of months. I am still working on deciding what program in Student Affairs I will go into, but as for now I could not be more happier with where my career path is taking me.

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What I Wish I Could Tell My Freshman Self Now

Posted by Marissa

Freshman year is a time of discovery and adjustment. It’s your first year in college and you’re trying to figure out the college life. There is a lot of opportunity available that every student should explore. When I was a freshman I didn’t take advantage of everything that I could to get involved. Not only that, but my academic habits could have been stronger. If I could go back and give advice to my freshman self, I would tell myself to seize every opportunity and work hard in earning the best GPA possible. You should do well every year of your college career and get involved from the start—it truly matters once you graduate!

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What I Love Most About My Campus

Posted by Jennifer

I absolutely love my campus! It’s very small but compact with so much activity! I can walk from one end to the other in 10 minutes and there is usually some sort of event taking place. It’s a bit secluded from the town of Camarillo; many visitors say it looks like a resort because it’s so beautiful. I love that there is green everywhere. It’s filled with grass, trees, and flowers of all sorts. On weekends it is quiet, creating a very peaceful setting –perfect for studying or taking a break from hectic schedules that college students have. If this sort of campus appeals to you consider applying for CSU Channel Islands! Go CI!!



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