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Get Involved!

Posted by Ana

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.


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Transferring to the CSU

Posted by Annette

As many of us know, attending a four-year university after high school can be costly. A more cost-effective route that is becoming increasingly common, one that I have chosen to take myself, is to attend community college and then transfer to a four-year university. The transferring process occasionally gets labeled as not a “real” college experience because it does not include the whole four years at a university, but it is just as rewarding. I just completed my second semester at Cal State Long Beach after transferring from a community college, and as a transfer student, I was able to build close relationships with the faculty and students in my department. Being a transfer student, I went straight into upper division courses for my major, which made it easier for me to make friends and network in my field. My advice for those who are choosing this transfer student route is to be on top of deadlines. Always make sure to know when applications and transcripts are due. I would also recommend frequently meeting with an advisor at the university to make sure you are on the right path academically.


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Go Beach!

Posted by Annette

When the time came for me to transfer from community college, I knew that California State University, Long Beach was my number one choice. After a bit of research, I found that CSULB had a respected Communication Studies program that was the perfect fit for me. That said, I made my studies a priority so that I would be accepted into CSULB.

Eventually, I was accepted into CSULB’s Communication Studies major and I was ecstatic. I remember calling my mom right away after I received the email and writing a very exciting Facebook post to share with my friends and family. Throughout my time at CSULB, I have made many new friends, established great relationships with the faculty in my department and grown as a person overall.

California State University, Long Beach is one of the larger campuses in the CSU system and has a variety of majors to choose from. There is always something going on, whether it be Week of Welcome for new students, a sporting event or other activities put on by Associated Students Inc. (ASI). There are many opportunities to get involved on campus, such as clubs, intramural sports and the Greek System. As a graduating senior, I am sad that my experience at CSULB is coming to an end. I would encourage all aspiring college students to check out CSULB. Go Beach!


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