To: Penny Garzon
From: Blanca Torres
Date: April 21, 2016
Subject: College Information
Hello Penny! Of course, I remember your sister Marguerite we had math class together during our senior year. I'm glad to hear that she is studying at Ohio State University; I remember how eager and anxious she was to graduate high school and how she looked forward to starting a new chapter in her life as a college student. I hope she is doing well and please say hello to her on my behalf. I'm delighted to hear that you are preparing for college as a sophomore, it is never to early start to considering your educational opinions. I understand how difficult it can be on deciding what college to attend, but personally speaking CSUSB is a great school. And I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have about the university.
To answer your question regarding the workload, it can be difficult at times depending on the course you are enrolled in but for the most part the workload is manageable. College is different compared to high school, reason being, is that students do not attend the same class five days a week. A college class schedule can consist of attending class twice a week or even three times a week. This gives students the flexibility to study and obtain a part-time job. More importantly, make sure you keep up with homework assignments and do not procrastinate because the workload can pile up.
The professors are accessible to the students. At the beginning of the quarter, professors hand out a syllabus that contains their email address and office phone number if you wish to contact them. They are willing to stay after class to answer any questions and explain concepts you didn't understand. If further assistance is needed, instructors have office hours where a meeting can be arranged for additional guidance and feedback. Professors are also there to direct students towards the right career path since they have connections with some of the industries professionals: On one occasion, I needed advice regarding the pay on a job offer I received. I was able to discuss with the instructor that, the job would be my first experience in my profession and that the pay was rather low. The best words of wisdom, she gave me, was that I should not chase money but instead chase career oriented experiences and opportunities that will allow me to gain knowledge. She went to mention, how important it is to build your resume with experiences related to your major while you're in college so by the time you graduate, you'll stand out.
The social life at CSUSB is pretty calm compared to other universities. The university has over one hundred clubs and many sororities you can join. Both clubs and sororities are a great way to meet new people, build long lasting friendships, network, and get academic support. For fun, the campus also hosts certain events that students can attend for free such as dances, festivals, shows, and some athletic games. Some of the coolest events that the school arranged were the comedy shows where, famous comedians such as Kevin Hart and Gabriel Iglesias came to CSUSB to perform their comedy act. Students also take advantage of getting in shape by going to the gym which is free for all students and faculty. The gym also known as the Recreational Center, organizes active trips to places like Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and Yosemite National Park to name a few.
Upon your interest in joining a debate team, the campus does have a debate club named the Forensic Team. I believe Emily Edris is the person in charge of the club. If you have specific questions or want information on how to join, you contact Emily at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org. Another club you may take interest in is, Toastmasters International which is a similar club to the debate team. The difference between the two is that, the debate team focuses more on argumentative topics in order to compete against other colleges and universities. On the other hand, Toastmasters is a club geared towards helping students improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills by allowing them to present a series of speeches.
I hope this information was useful. If you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you again and keep me updated on what university you decide to attend. I wish you the best of luck in your educational career and enjoy the time you have left in high school because college is no joke.