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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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Visit Campuses This Summer

Posted by Annette

Summer is a great time to visit the campuses you are interested in attending. I highly recommend you to visit CSU campuses to get a good idea of what campus life will be like. Visiting campuses may also help you make a decision on which campus is the right fit for you.


As I was deciding on which CSU I should attend, I visited three schools. Cal State Long Beach was the last campus I visited, and it solidified my decision to join the 49er community. Not only did I fall in love with the campus, but I also fell in love with the city of Long Beach.


Whether you will be commuting or living on campus, it is extremely important to familiarize yourself with the city where your university is located. I loved living in Long Beach and immersing myself in such a culturally diverse city. Long Beach is filled with art museums, parks and excellent food. I highly encourage you to take some time and check out the city your potential future university is in when you visit the campus, and hopefully that will help make your final decision!

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De-Stress After Finals

Posted by Annie Cao

Summer is approaching and you have just survived finals week or are preparing for your last few weeks of school. You may be pulling all-nighters and stressing yourself out over those final papers and exams. But when summer vacation is here, you may feel strange at the abrupt change. No more classes? No more homework? What do you do now after being stressed out during these last few weeks? I have three tips to getting rid of all the leftover stress.


One of my first tips is to relax! Whether it’s through reading a book, catching up on sleep, or watching your favorite shows, it’s important to take some time for yourself to calm your nerves. My next tip would be to get outdoors. As students, we probably didn’t have much time to be outside and breathe in the fresh air because we were always in the library, but now’s the time to enjoy yourself and the scenery. Go to the beach, take a hike, or travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go before school starts again. My last tip is to make sure to spend some time with your family and friends. Many of us probably experienced loneliness when we spent all those hours cooped up studying, so making some time to hang out with friends and have a laugh or two is sure to help you get rid of all the leftover stress.

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Free Money? Count Me In!

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college tuition and living expenses. Many students are aware that there is money out there for college, but they do not take the time to apply. I am a clear example of how investing time to apply for scholarships can result in amazing rewards.


For two years, scholarships have covered my tuition and housing expenses, with a total of $30,000 in aid. Just a few months ago, I won a $1,000 scholarship for writing a 500-word essay!


Many people and organizations offer aid to support students and their education, and it is worth committing some time to apply to a few scholarships a month. Through online resources such as,, and even Google, you can find scholarships tailored to your specific interests, from video games to community service, as well as your background, such as being a first-generation college student.


I highly recommend students of all grade levels apply for scholarships. It is never too early to start. You can be as young as 13 years old and in middle school to a student already in college. You may find yourself debating what your chances are of winning a large scholarship against so many applicants, but don’t doubt yourself. If you don’t try, then you have no chance. So take the initiative to research, and begin your scholarship journey today!


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