CSU Voices and Views

A Successful First Year at Cal State L.A.

Interview with Erika Acuna
Cal State L.A. Student

Erika Acuna during the taping.

Erika Acuna during the taping.


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Transcript:

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Erik Fallis:

Welcome to CSU Voices and Views

This is Erik Fallis from CSU Public Affairs, here today with Erika Acuna – who is a sophomore student at Cal State L.A. and a tour guide for outreach at the campus.  So, welcome.

Erika Acuna:

Thank you.  Thank you for having me.

Erik Fallis:

So what had the greatest impact on you in your freshman year?

Erika Acuna:

My freshman year went really well.  I visited Academic Advisement very frequently, and they were always very welcoming.  They took 30-40 minutes and helped me plan my next two years there.  I couldn’t be more happy.

Erik Fallis:

What about the selection process for your major?  I know that is a big concern for a lot of freshmen coming in.  So how did you work through that?

Erika Acuna:

When I came in as a first-time freshman I was an undeclared student.  As a person that really bothered me, because I really like to know what I want to do in the future.  So, I went to the career center and took the Myers-Briggs test.  It’s kind of like an assessment test. 

First on my list was a social worker and I knew that’s pretty accurate.  I love helping people but I wanted a more promising job.  Number two was a flight attendant, and I thought that’s pretty fun – get to travel, meet a lot of people – but why would I go to college for that?

So, number three was a dietitian.  That made sense, because my mom eats healthy, she always raised me to eat healthy and workout.  My sister is a professional chef.  So it made sense to me and that is what helped me determine my major.

Erik Fallis:

What has resonated with you in terms of your classroom education?

Erika Acuna:

One class that really stuck out to me was the English 102 class that Cal State L.A. has there students meet as a requirement.  My teacher was great.  She taught me how to look over my essays and really think critically and analyze the works we read.  I think that it is a gift to know how to read and she really helped me.  And I think you need to know how to write in any field that you are majoring in.  That is an important tool that you need for life.

Erik Fallis:

Is there a trick that you used or kept in mind while registering for classes?

Erika Acuna:

Absolutely.  Always make a plan A, B and C.  Before you even think about making plan A, B and C, you should go visit an academic adviser.  They will help plan out and schedule your classes for the next two years there, in terms of completing your general education.  So, it’s always good to have a plan A if one of the classes are impacted you’ll have your plan B and not be far behind.  You’ll just take the class you didn’t get the next time.

Erik Fallis:

What experience or memory are you going to take from your freshman year throughout your college experience?

Erika Acuna:

I learned that – for example, my friend is an Engineering student, and you can only imagine how hard that is – if you ever need help, even if in the first class you didn’t get the lesson, please go to your professor’s office hours.  That can make a difference.  And just the relationship with your professor can really help you get the material, because they then take you in as a friend and help you. 

Erik Fallis:

When we catch up with you in the next five to ten years, were do you hope to be?

Erika Acuna:

I’m hoping in a secure hospital with a secure job.  I’ve always thought about joining a military branch, so they can send me back to school.  Our troops need that dietitian help.  I just hope to have a stable career and be happy.

Erik Fallis:

Well thanks for joining us Erika.

Erika Acuna:

Thank you for having me.

Erik Fallis:

We wish you the best in moving on towards graduation and are really excited about seeing you in five to ten years when you are an alum and can talk about your success.

Erika Acuna:

Thank you.

Erik Fallis:

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1 Comment to “A Successful First Year at Cal State L.A.”

  1. Tiffany, Student from Fullerton, Says:

    Awesome! Erika has always used the tools and resources available to her and to emphasize that the academic advising center and visiting your professors office hours I am sure showered alot of light and wisdom to many other students out there with simmilar circumstances. I thought it was a very effective and informative interview, as a college student myself I know I can relate to much of what she mentioned and how much the world of college can challenge motivate us!

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