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In the three and a half years I’ve being at CSU Stanislaus I’ve realized how great it is to be a warrior. This school has more to offer than anyone can imagine. Some have never heard of Stanislaus nor can’t pronounce it. Well let me tell you about the university that has made my college experience memorable. We are located in Turlock, CA, in the central valley. We have one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve seen. Very park like with 7 ponds, cute ducks, and beautiful roses. You can sit by a tree do your homework, read, or just relax. Since the whole campus has Wi-Fi there’s no excuse to stay indoors . Not only is the campus beautiful; but it offers many services and programs for students. To mention a few there is our tutoring center that provides academic support for students. It offers tutoring in most subjects with a personal tutor or during walk in hours. The writing center assists with essay planning, organization, development, revision, and more.
Our own library is equipped with quiet study areas and group study rooms. There is several computer labs and laptops for checkout. Also, available is our reserve system where some professors have the textbook of the course on reserve for students to check out if they don’t have their textbook. This are just a few of the many services just our library has to offer imagine the rest of the campus. Students are also offered academic advising where they can start their four year plans. There is programs such as EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), SSS (Student Support Services), PACE (Program for Academic & Career Excellence) that provide academic support for students.
Now let’s talk about student life, I love it! From my personal experience I’ve taken full advantage of it by joining 3 clubs, ASI (Associated Students Inc.), Greek life, and working two jobs on-campus. I’ve enjoyed every single one of my experiences for each of the activities I’ve taken part of. ASI plans so many events for students such as Homecoming through out the year where they can enjoy free food, raffles, free T-shirts, games, live music, and more. Warrior Day has been one of the students ultimate favorite where we’ve had Baby Bash, New Boys, Mims, Ying Yang twins, and more perform.
In a nutshell, this school might not be the biggest nor have a football team; but it is big enough where students can meet people, build life- long relationships, create relationships with professors since class sizes are small, take advantage of all the services, enjoy sports, Greek life, and Housing. We have one of the nicest dorms, apartment style with different housing types to fit everyone’s needs. This school has so much to offer and for me it has given me all I could ask for. I’ve met wonderful people that I hold very close to my heart. I’ve grown as a person and discovered who I am and what I want to accomplish personally and career wise.
Many people don’t say this but Thank You CSU Stanislaus!
One of the biggest things that I noticed going from high school to college, is that in college, people are more open and accepting. I don’t know whether it is because the campus is larger or just that by the time we are in college, we stop caring about what others think of us. Either way, college is really a time where you can define who you are and not be afraid to.
I remember during my freshman year, there was a guy who always cracked long whips in front of the dorms. He intrigued my friends and me and eventually we became friends with him. He even taught my friends how to swallow fire. If you think about it, this isn’t seen to be something “cool” by high school standards. High school would point and laugh at this guy and at us for even thinking that what he was doing was cool. But that’s the cool thing about college; “cool” is no longer defined.
So be open to new experiences! Join that salsa club you’ve wanted to join, participate in open mic nights and show off your voice, learn how to juggle in the middle of the lawn, because in college, you don’t have to act, look, or be a certain way in order to be accepted. Just be you.
Summer provides the perfect opportunity for you to challenge yourself and grow while also having fun and taking a load off. Here are a few ideas for you to occupy your summer time with:
Work. Employment is one of the most practical ways to build your resume and impress colleges. There are often seasonal jobs such as residential summer camps that look for help specifically during the summer months. The more a job challenges you, the more it builds the skills that colleges and future employers are interested in seeing in applicants.
Volunteer/Intern. Community service is another great way to gain some valuable work and leadership experience. Colleges and employers appreciate knowing that a person is well-rounded and cares about making the world better. There are so many local opportunities available and since it is a matter of volunteering time, you can make your own schedules and decide how much time you can and want to give. Getting exposure to a potential career through internships is another great way to get your foot in the door as far as employment goes. Much like volunteering, internship schedules are usually more flexible, so you should still have time to enjoy your summer.
Summer Enrichment Programs. Enrichment programs can be another valuable and educational summer experience. Look into programs offered by local youth groups or area colleges and universities. Many of these organizations have residential or day camps for students focused on specific topics and a variety of areas of interest. These programs are a good way to explore and gain experience in fields you may want to study in college.
Visit Campuses. It almost goes without saying that campus visits should be a part of any college-going student’s summer plans. These visits are a priority when considering which colleges to apply to. Taking a few campus tours should definitely be included in your plans.
Set Goals. Set realistic goals, like finishing a book over the summer or applying for two scholarships. Also, the SAT and/or ACT are an important part of the admissions equation at most of the country’s highly selective colleges. The summer is a great time to work through an exam preparation book or take a test prep class. Setting goals is a good way to stay proactive and motivated about what you want to accomplish.
HAVE FUN! I feel like this point cannot be emphasized enough. Engage in activities that delight you, allow you to relax, and keep your spirits high and hopeful for the future. I wish someone had told me that it was important to have fun when I was pushing my way towards college. What a difference it could have made.