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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 Experience as an SDSU Transfer Student

Posted by Shannon Banks

My experience at San Diego State University has been nothing short of amazing. I transferred from a local community college, and all of the hard work and effort I put in was worth it. In my first year at SDSU, I participated in club meetings and school events and worked on campus.


I’m now in my senior year and recently started a club with other transfer students, and we just began hosting workshops to inform transfer students about scholarships, internships, mentorships and studying abroad. Overall, our goal is to engage with other transfer students to help them form immediate connections and to help them develop both academically and professionally.


I also work in my school’s admissions office. Working on campus is not only a great way to meet classmates and faculty members, but also to advance your professional experience. I have the additional bonus of getting to meet prospective students and telling them about all San Diego State has to offer so that they can apply to become an Aztec, too!


I could go on all day about my wonderful time here at SDSU, but you should look into it for yourself! Plan a trip and take a tour, this place is guaranteed to peak your interest.

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Nurture Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted by Kiera Sailor

My first year as a freshman, I wasn’t homesick at all; I felt independent and free. However, my second year as a biology major became more intense, and the reality of academic difficulty hit me. I had to create new study tools and habits because the classes were very different from my first year classes. I didn’t know what to do. I was overwhelmed with chemistry exams, biology labs, social life and a part- time job. My family was encouraging but we were unable to talk face to face.


Then my friend referred me to CAPS, my campus Counseling and Psychological Services. Many students are ashamed to take advantage of these services, although they provide extremely valuable resources. The counselors are so caring and encouraging, and are available to speak with you one on one. They also work with your schedule and your preferences for a counselor. Just think of them as advisors for the mind, body and spirit, guiding you on how to balance every aspect of your life.

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Better Yourself by Getting Involved

Posted by Grady Mitchell

I started college as a shy, introverted student living in the dorms knowing nobody on campus. I took general education courses that looked interesting with good professors, attended school and dorm events, hung out with people who I felt made me a better person, and went to organizations that I was interested in to learn more. Doing these things was not easy for me at all; feeling comfortable took time. But now I can say that I feel at home on my campus because I made the effort to put myself out there. I am heavily involved in a fraternity founded on values and ideals close to my heart, I am President of my school’s German Club and Treasurer of our Climbing Club, and I serve students on my campus as a representative in the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors.


Follow your heart, take risks even when you’re afraid, and look for what is best for you!



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