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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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What I Love About My Campus

Posted by Jade

Visiting a college campus is probably one of the best ways to see if that university is a good fit for you. Most people wouldn’t buy a house without looking inside or a car without test driving it, right? College is the same way. As first-time college students at a new campus, making sure you feel comfortable and welcomed is very important. What I love most about my campuses (both undergraduate and graduate) is that they are very open and student-centered. They actually care about the students and want to make sure they do well academically and socially. So for all of you who are exploring your college options make sure you visit the campuses before making your final decision! It makes a world of difference!

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Tips for Studying for Finals

Posted by Tanya

Studying for tests and finals has never been easy for me. I find it hard to concentrate or end up putting off studying until the last minute. In order to do better in my classes and on my tests, I had to seek out different study methods. I never thought that I could fall in love with index cards but found that for me, they really work!


What I do is first, rewrite my notes in a shorthand format onto index cards, and then, as I am studying my flash cards, tell myself little tricks so that I can remember the material. For example, if I am learning about a communication theory, the name of the theorist might rhyme with something, or the steps to negotiation might stand for a funny sentence. The earlier you start studying, the better. I am a visual learner as well, so if I can draw it or make it into a diagram, it really helps. When you are in college, you have to explore what kind of studying works best for you, whether it is reading, writing, drawing, or talking out loud. And if studying alone is not your thing, try studying with a partner and teaching each other not only the material, but why it is important and how it relates to what you are studying. These simple steps can make all the difference in the world.

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Get the Most Out of College

Posted by Evelyn

If you go around colleges and ask students how they feel about college, you will get a variety of responses. However, what I think differentiates those who love college and those who may not favor it too much, is how involved they are with their campus. In high school, you are required to attend rallies, go to classes, and participate in class discussions. In college, all of that changes. You get to plan your own class schedule, decide whether you want to attend school events, and suddenly have all this free time that you didn’t have in high school.


Personally, I participate in clubs, lived at the dorms for two years, and even worked on campus. Because of all this, I love my experience at CSU Long Beach. My friends, especially those who commute to school, don’t feel as strongly because all they do is go to class and then go home. I know it can be tempting use your free time to sit on the couch, eat ice cream, and watch mindless television shows for hours on end, but you will be happier and your future will thank you if you just get involved. College has so much to offer, and it is up to you to get the most out of your time there. So look into what clubs interest you (most campuses have a welcome week where you can look around at the different programs and clubs on campus), join an intermural sports team, build relationships with those around you, and finally, go to class! After all, you are going to spend the next 4 years of your life there, so you might as well enjoy it!



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