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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’d Tell My Freshman Self

Posted by Jade

There is a cliché phrase that “hindsight is always 20/20,” meaning that when you look back on things you always see them differently and are wiser than you were before. Some helpful tips I would give to myself and anyone as a freshman in college would be the following:

  • Make friends—it will ease your transition and make you more confident
  • Live on campus—it’s a good way to make friends and become acclimated to the campus
  • Study abroad—it’s an excellent experience to travel and study in a different country
  • Seek help early—don’t wait until you’re in your 3rd year to go see an academic advisor
  • Choose your schedule wisely and don’t be afraid to change your major; the average person changes careers 3 to 4 times, so feel free to explore early on in college!


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Learning How to Make Lumpia

Posted by Francisco

Coming from the Inland Empire in Southern California, where my high school was close to 90% Hispanic, I experienced total culture shock when I first came to CSU East Bay. I have to say that the incredible diversity that I have experienced at CSU East Bay has been my favorite component of the university. College is all about diverse points of view and new experiences; East Bay offers the opportunity to truly experience the meaning of “cultural melting pot.” There are people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds here. I have made friends from Korea, Spain, Panama, New York, and Brazil to name a few. When I first came here I didn’t know what lumpia was, but now I even know how to make my own! It might sound clichéd to think that East Bay is like the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, but when you come here you really see that it really is small and there isn’t much dividing us from one another except some cultural misconceptions. The moral of the story is, if you come here, get ready to learn how to make lumpia…just kidding! Coming here will be an experience that you will never forget!

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Staying Focused My Freshman Year

Posted by Marissa

Freshman year in college is an exciting time of living on your own for the first time, meeting new people and being in a new environment. My freshman year was all about adjustment and seeing what worked best for me. I tested my schedules and course loads. I became acquainted with the campus and living on my own for the first time. It was an exciting yet nervous time for me. I didn’t get involved in any clubs or activities my freshman year. I strictly kept it to school only, so I didn’t become overwhelmed. Although I wasn’t active in any clubs, I did meet other students, some who are my good friends until this very day. For your freshman year, I suggest testing the waters for your first semester—seeing what schedule works best for you, learning how you study best, and getting familiar with the campus. I would also start exploring the different clubs and activities that the campus offers so by your second semester, you know what you want to join. Also, stay focused and strive for the best grades possible even though it is your first year in college. The grades you achieve in your freshman year will affect the grades for the rest of your academic career. So stay focused, driven and have fun while making the most out of your freshman year in college!



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