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Extended Ed: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Amada Maggio
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Student
CSU San Marcos, Extended Learning at Temecula

Amanda Maggio visits members of the California Legislature to share how CSU Extended Education has enabled her success.

Amanda Maggio visits members of the California Legislature to share how CSU Extended Education has enabled her success.

Extended learning has offered me an invaluable educational experience. Not only has this been an exciting and fulfilling journey, but I have had outstanding opportunities that have allowed me to chart my future course for career success as well.

Initially, I was accepted to CSU San Marcos and attended the main campus for several years. Although I was enjoying my education, the classes were always so full and I felt like I was no different than any other student on campus.

Since I started attending CSU San Marcos at Temecula, I have become more than just a face in the crowd. The Temecula campus reminds me of the Cheers’ theme song: Where Everybody Knows Your Name. All of the faculty and staff know me and my fellow students by name, and consistently are willing to go above and beyond to help with any needs we may have. That extra personal touch has made a significant impacted in my education.

I first decided to transfer to Extended Learning Program at the Temecula campus because it was close to home, but when I got here I was so impressed with how closely the faculty and staff worked with the students. The depth in which the professors teach is different than anything I’ve experience before. They taught me how to think differently, more strategically.

One of my favorite experiences was when Professor Cherry took our cohort of 15 students to the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange. We got to speak one-on-one with entrepreneurs, find out what it’s like to own your own business, see how products were made and learned what it takes to run a successful small business. Interacting with local business owners, entrepreneurs and executives that work within Temecula Valley has allowed me to take steps toward furthering my business career and has helped me grow beyond what I thought was possible.

In fact, four of my classmates and I are creating the first business organization at the Temecula campus. Our goal is to unify students from colleges and universities throughout Temecula Valley and connect them with potential career opportunities. I’m thankful for all the guidance and support we have received from faculty and staff advisors and am thrilled to help bring this organization to fruition.

Extended education has forever changed the way I see things. When I’m at work or even just buying things at the store, I’m starting to analyze how things are marketed or taking note of the type of managerial strategies being used. My professors helped guide me into changing the way I think. I’m always looking for ways to make things better, and this type of mindset is invaluable.

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