To: Penny Garzon
From: Raymond Lopez
Date: October 9th 2012
Subject: College Information
Hello, Penny! It's good to hear from you. I'm glad to hear you're taking an interest in furthering your education. Now is definitely the time to lay the groundwork for your college experience. The more information you have now, the more beneficial it will be to you in the future. I'm sure your sister has told you how important a good education is to your success, and I'm delighted you've decided to take the next step. CSUSB is a wonderful college to attend, and I will be happy to answer the questions I can and to look into those I don't have the answer to.
To answer your first question, yes, the work can be difficult at times. However, it's all about how much effort you put into it. If you allot yourself enough time and realize a good grade is not going to be handed to you, then you can achieve success despite the obstacles. Unlike high school, you are an adult now, and you will be treated as such. As far as the part-time job, it all depends on the individual. I am able to work full-time and maintain 12 units. While at times it does feel a bit overwhelming, it is definitely manageable if you are determined enough. You seem like a responsible young lady, so I don't see you having any problem.
The instructors are hit and miss. I have had some really good ones and some that leave something to be desired. Having said that, I would say the majority are truly there for the students" needs. Many are happy to stay after class to explain concepts and give more personal feedback. Oftentimes they also have office hours in which you can arrange to meet with them for assistance. Sometimes they provide their emails as another point of contact. I have even had an instructor leave their cellphone number so that I could text or call at any time. All in all, most of the instructors are there for more than a paycheck. They are there to help you better yourself and will make accommodations to help you.
Unfortunately, I don't know much about the social life on campus. I often go straight from work to school, so most activities are done by the time I get out of classes. Yes, there are fraternities and sororities, but I have yet to become involved in them. Periodically, they hold concerts and other events at Coussoulis Arena. There are also free concerts and events put on around campus. For your convenience, the CSUSB website maintains a calendar of events to keep its students up to date.
Your question about the debate team sparked my interest, so I decided to do a little research. CSUSB does in fact have a debate team. While I did not find any specific information about the team other than its name, Forensics Debate Team, you can contact Ms. Shawnee Biggerstaff, Director of Forensics, at email@example.com with any further questions. Concerning clubs, CSUSB has over 100 unique organizations. If you would like to speak to someone with more expertise than myself, feel free to contact the Office of Student Leadership & Development for assistance at (909) 537-5234.
I hope this information has been useful to you. If you have any other questions or concerns, don't hesitate to write me again. Though it may seem daunting at first, there is a lot to look forward to. Just keep in mind that college is all what you make it. It can be unsettling at times, but the reward is far greater than the sacrifice.
P.S. Say hi to Marguerite for me!