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Study Abroad!

Posted by Annette

Studying abroad has always interested me because many friends and family members who studied abroad had nothing but great things to say about their time spent around the world. During my first semester at Cal State Long Beach, I noticed that one of my upper division electives was offered in Florence, Italy as a summer course. Most students choose to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year, but some universities also offer winter and summer courses. I made the decision to sign up for the course and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Italy.

Studying while immersing yourself in a new culture is a great opportunity to further your education. At first, it can be a bit intimidating to be in an environment where you are not familiar with the language and customs, but it becomes easier once you adjust. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to study abroad; it allowed me to see amazing sights, make new friends and create memories of a lifetime. If you are interested in studying outside the United States, explore the international programs available at the CSU campuses to see what courses they offer abroad.

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How Networking Helped Me

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Who you know is an important key factor to success. For those of you who will be entering college this fall, now is the time to build upon your resources through the people you meet, whether it be fellow classmates, professors, campus staff or residential coordinators.

When I began my first year of college, it was challenging for me to introduce myself to people I didn’t know. But one day, I stepped up and introduced myself to a residential advisor (RA) who was passing out applications to join the Hall Council for the residence hall I was living in. Becoming involved was on my to-do list, so I took the initiative to tell her about my interest in applying.

Shortly after, I was voted to be the secretary for my residence Hall Council. Through this position, I was able to meet many people who I enjoyed working with. I even became friends with my residence hall coordinator. I learned about staying connected with residential life, and my residence hall coordinator encouraged me to apply to become an RA. During the interview process for the new position, my residence hall coordinator turned out to be my interviewer. I was at ease because we already knew each other, and this allowed my interview to run smoothly. A few months later, I received the call that confirmed my acceptance to become an RA for the fall of 2015.

The initial step I took to introduce myself to the RA carried me a long way and allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming an advisor myself.


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You + Leadership = Life-Changing Community Engagement

Posted by Kiera Sailor

This summer, I had the wonderful experience of giving back to my campus as an Orientation Leader. As I helped new students integrate smoothly at CSU Channel Islands (CI), serving as a mentor and friend to show them the CI way, each orientation challenged me to become a better woman, mentor and individual. College is a time to be a pearl; let your edges be rolled, layered and polished. So go for it. You have a campus full of leaders cheering you on!


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