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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Annie Cao

Why You Should Live on Campus

Posted by Annie Cao

For many students, living on campus is a big part of their college experience. There are pros and cons to living in dorms, but from my personal experience, it was definitely worth it!




  1. There’s no commute to school; you can roll out of bed and go to class.
  2. Club meetings and school events are just a short walk away, so it’s easy to become involved in campus activities.
  3. It’s a great way to make friends and find study partners, especially if you live farther from home. One building can house 100 – 200 students alone, so imagine how many people you can meet just by going to the dining hall or doing your laundry. Some of my closest friends today are people I met in my dorm.
  4. There are many convenient facilities, such as a dining hall, a laundry room, and study areas.




  1. Many students may be worried that living on campus can be expensive, but financial aid is a great resource to help pay for it.
  2. There may be a loss of privacy since most likely, you’ll be sharing a room with someone and the bathroom with other students.


Living in a dorm is a different experience for everyone, and some campuses may offer other features and resources. I had a really positive experience living in my dorm because I felt more focused in school since I lived on campus, I was able to get more involved in clubs, I made new friends, and most importantly, I was able to become more independent living on my own.


Overall, I’d recommend living on campus if you plan to go to school away from home!

Uzias Gonzalez

My Home Away from Home

Posted by Uzias Gonzalez

It was my last year of high school, and I had decided to attend CSU East Bay in the fall after graduating. However, I was getting more and more anxious, thinking about how I was going to leave home at the end of September.


I was the first in my family to go to college, so it was going to be hard leaving my hometown and family, who I am really close with. What made me more nervous was that I was one of the few people in my high school who was moving to a different city to study. Essentially, I would have a fresh, clean start.


But the moment I moved onto campus, I quickly found a new community who made me forget my homesickness. Quickly, I started to make friends with my classmates and became part of a club on campus called “Pioneer Promoters,” where I helped out with campus events and tours.


Now, I am a student ambassador on campus, where I show families of prospective students just how amazing CSU East Bay is, the school that I call home. I would not have been able to get to know this great community if I never challenged myself to come out of my shell.

Luis Urbano

Learn a New Language

Posted by Luis Urbano

Buenas tardes!


My name is Luis and I’m a graduate student of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Stanislaus State. As a bilingual student, I want to share the importance of knowing two languages. Spanish was my first language, and I consider myself fortunate to have learned it first as it allowed me to be fluent in both Spanish and English.


So why is it really important to learn another language?

  1. Being bilingual can impress employers and make you a better candidate for the job. Some employers even list being bilingual as a preferred qualification, so much so that they may scan resumes to look for the ability to speak another language.
  2. You’ll be able to communicate with people from other countries when you travel. You won’t need to buy a book to translate English to Spanish, French, Portuguese, or another language. With abundant study abroad programs at the CSU, being bilingual will be especially beneficial.
  3. You’ll gain knowledge! You may become proficient in your new language and even choose to become a professor of that language or simply share your knowledge with others about your new language.


Learning another language isn’t easy. But with practice, especially by talking to others who speak the language, you’ll be able to learn. Take language classes at your CSU campus and join clubs to practice!


If you already speak another language, I still recommend taking advanced classes to learn more about the language and culture. There’s a good chance you’ll learn something you didn’t know before, and you’ll become even more proficient at speaking or writing. Or you could always learn another language and become trilingual!



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