Not going in straight to a four-year university was something I chose to do, but in hindsight I have my doubts about it. I attended Ventura and Oxnard Colleges before transferring into CSU Channel Islands. It was a great experience and it did help me decide what career I wanted in life, but in those two years I dedicated all my time to school without getting involved in any other activities while I was there. When I began my first semester in CSUCI, I knew that I did want to be involved in more activities, but being a transfer student is not easy. I had to get used to a new campus, new classes, and a new system. Thankfully my sister, who has been attending this school since her freshman year here, was able to help me during my second semester. Little by little, I have been able to be more involved in school and I know that each program I have been involved in since then has helped me grow as a student and as a person.
When I graduated community college and looked back on my two years I noticed that I had not been at all involved in school activities. Once I entered CSU Channel Islands I decided that when I graduated I wanted to look back and say that I had been involved in school. I became a member of different clubs and became a member of a great program called LEAP (Leaders in Education Awareness Program). LEAP has helped me meet amazing new people who I enjoy seeing every Friday when we give tours and presentations to K-8 students about college. Every Friday I look forward to meeting new children and talking to them about anything that’s on their minds. I also enjoy spending my Fridays with the rest of the LEAP members because even though we are so different we share the same desire to volunteer our time to such an amazing program. Because of LEAP I know I will look back and remember that I did get involved and that my years at CSU Channel Islands will be unforgettable thanks to the people I have met and the children I have helped.
Hi, my name is Jenny Calderon and I am a sophomore at CSU Channel Islands! I am majoring in psychology and minoring in biology. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician. I realize that it will take years for me to reach that goal, so in the meantime I try to accomplish multiple shorter-term goals. Before you get to college you plan on just going to classes and maybe working if possible. However, once you get there you’ll realize how much universities have to offer you and how many unique opportunities you are presented! For example you can join a club or start your own, study abroad in different continents like Africa, or conduct research with professors! So don’t waste any time once you are in college; take advantage and do everything you can! It’s the time to experience life!!
As I finish up my fourth year of college I am starting to think about the big question: what am I going to do for the rest of life, which for many is a very scary question. I am filled with nerves, excitement, and apprehension. Do I want to go to grad school or do I want to take a year off? How can I make a decision that will impact the rest of my life?! After talking with a past employer and staff member at CSU Channel Islands I was given a piece of advice that I cherish and will continue to pass on. She told me you don’t need to stress about deciding what you are going to do for the rest of your life, you just need to decide what to do next. Just like college, life is full of steps you take to progress you along your journey. Every year was a stepping stone towards my goal of graduating. So when things get stressful in high school or in college, don’t think about making a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life or for all of college… just think about what you need to do next.
I absolutely love my campus! It’s very small but compact with so much activity! I can walk from one end to the other in 10 minutes and there is usually some sort of event taking place. It’s a bit secluded from the town of Camarillo; many visitors say it looks like a resort because it’s so beautiful. I love that there is green everywhere. It’s filled with grass, trees, and flowers of all sorts. On weekends it is quiet, creating a very peaceful setting –perfect for studying or taking a break from hectic schedules that college students have. If this sort of campus appeals to you consider applying for CSU Channel Islands! Go CI!!
You would think that the older you get and reach higher grade levels, the more you would know. Like in high school, you feel at the bottom of the food chain your freshman year but once you get to senior year, you are on top of the world and you feel like you know it all. It is moments like these that I am about to share with you to remind you to stay grounded and learn to laugh away the embarrassment of situations.
After finishing three years at CSU Channel Islands I was entering into my senior year. I knew so much about my university since I was really involved and also worked on campus. It was the first day of class and it didn’t start until 12PM so I got to sleep in. Walking to my class well rested, I checked the sheets they posted during the first couple weeks of school to make sure I had the correct class number to go with my class title. As I get to class I greet the professor and start having a friendly conversation since I knew her and had a couple classes with her before. I sat in the very front row of a long skinny class room and feel right at home talking to friends sitting nearby. As we start class and she takes role, she gets to the end and notices that my name is not on her role sheet. I am surprised since I know I was in a class called Cultural Conversations. A girl sitting nearby let me borrow her laptop and when I logged in to see my schedule my heart stopped… I was enrolled in a Cultural Conversations class, but it was at an earlier time and with a completely different teacher. As the whole class listened, I explained that I had made a mistake and was in the wrong class and had to take the long walk out of the classroom. The fact that everyone was staring seemed to make the walk even longer. I was embarrassed but quickly laughed it off becuase I had walked away learning a lesson that was far more valuable. It doesn’t matter how long you have been doing something, you are always learning new things. Next time I will pay closer attention to my schedule. Keep up with a sense of humor and remember… it isn’t the end of the world when you make a mistake.