CSU Fresno

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Seventh on our list was CSU Fresno located in the city of Fresno located in the Central Valley.

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My daughter loved Fresno.  She loved that the campus was close to the city of
Fresno and that there was so much to do in Fresno.  The school was located next to a large shopping center as well.  Furthermore, Fresno has a huge farm.  My daughter was really interested in taking the rodeo class.

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Get An Education First!

Many student athletes hope for glory on a professional field or court.  But statistically the odds of becominScreenshot (100)g a professional athlete are very low.  So what does the NCAA suggest to all athletes?  Get an education first.  There is nothing wrong with dreams of an NFL, NBA, or MLS career.  In fact, those dreams are the stuff of movies and inspire us to do great things.  Just be sure to think about your education first.  Having a great education is an excellent back up plan if your dreams change or don’t work out.  Your education can lead you into a direction you never even imagined.

The numbers are shocking, according to the NCAA, approximately 0.08% of high school seniors already playing football will be drafted by an NFL team. The numbers are a bit better for those who want to play soccer. 0.09% of high school seniors who play soccer will be drafted by a Major League Soccer (MLS) team.  For those who play high school basketball, the NCAA has your numbers too.  0.03% of high school senior boys will get to play for the NBA.  That number stays the same for girls who want to play for the WNBA.    If you want to read all of the statistics created by the NCAA click here.

CSU Sacramento

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Fourth on our list was CSU Sacramento located 400 miles north of Downey just outside the city of Sacramento heading North.

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This was Cat’s favorite campus as far as how beautiful it was.  There were lots of shade trees and the campus was just off the Sacramento River.  Off-campus housing was not too far off, which was nice, but a student would definitely need a car to get around.

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And of course, it is hot in summer.

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The school was not very close to any malls or attractions which means there is not a lot to do around campus when school is not in session.

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Field Trip to CSU Fullerton

7th and 8th-grade AVID attended their first field trip together by going to CSU Fullerton yesterday.  What a grade time we all had!  Here is a picture of me, Mrs. Espeseth and Ms. Angulo on the bus.

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This picture was sent in by Maria, the four girls are taking it easy after a snack.

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Here is another picture sent in by Maria of some more of here classmates hanging out in front of the Titans sign next to the Student center.

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I tried to get all 99 7th and 8th-grade students who attended the field trip in one picture.  Comment below, if you see yourself.

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One of the very nice college building that can be found at Fullerton.

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A memorial to the Sea Bees.

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Some artwork I found in search of some missing money.

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This next picture is so cool.  Ms. Sun and I had a lot of fun looking at the display of the solar system.  The planets are spaced in proportion to their distance in space.  You can’t see it in the picture but Saturn is way at the end of the corridor.

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Artwork located very close to where we started our tour.

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Be sure to share your pictures!  Send them to me so that I can upload them onto this article.  Next field trip is November 6th, we will be heading to UC Irvine.

CSU Chico

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Third on our list was CSU Chico located 100 miles north of the city of Sacramento.  Which is about 500 miles from Downey.  I went to Chico State so I really wanted to take Cat there.  And I really wanted Cat to love it as much as I do.

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Anyway, she did not love the school as much as I thought she would.  I liked the fact that the school and city of Chico were right next to each other.  I also like the fact that she could live off campus but walk to school and still be really close to lots of other students.  The school recently built new dorms that were really nice.  Cat could not get over how friendly everyone was.  There is plenty to do if a person does not have a car and the school is close to rivers, mountains, and there is plenty of open space.  If a person were to go to Chico they would not be near any big towns.  I would not like that fact that she would be so far away.

Cat did not like the weather.  It gets to be about 115* in the summer and 20* in the winter.  She promised she would keep it in mind.  I think she just said that to keep me happy.

What is the Difference?

There are four different types of colleges in California.  Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Community College

Example: El Camino College, Cerritos College, Long Beach City College

There are 113 community colleges in California.  Community colleges typically offer a two-year degree called an Associate’s degree (AA).   They also offer certificates like Fire Science, Culinary Arts, Auto Mechanics, and Vocational Nursing just to name a few.  All students are accepted to community colleges.  Cost on average is around $1,200 a year, not including books, fees, etc.  Click here for a list of all community colleges and their costs here.  The intent of students attending a community college is varied, students will either transfer to a 4-year university or receive training to get a job.

Pros: Inexpensive, smaller classes, and more night and weekend classes
Cons:  Limited classes, no campus life, and uninvolved students

State Schools

Example: Long Beach State, Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A.

There are 23 state universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 23.  State schools typically offer four-year degrees called Bachelors of Art or Bachelors of Science.  Most also offer 6-year degrees called Masters of Art or Masters of Science.  Students must apply to attend a state university on average state schools accept the top 33% of students in their class.  The cost to attend a state university is the same at all 23 schools.  In 2014-2015, it cost $5,472 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a state university is to get a job after graduation.

Pros:  Affordable tuition, good instructors, campus life, lots of activities on campus, and challenging instructors
Cons:  Availability of classes, trouble meeting with professors, and students can easily get lost with so many students.

Universities

Example: U.C.L.A., U.C. Irvine, U.C. Riverside.

There are 10 universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 10.  All 10 of them are ranked in the top 26 public universities in the United States. Universities typically offer four-year degrees called Bachelor’s of Art or Bachelor’s of Science,  6-year degrees called Master’s of Art or Master’s of Science, and 8-year degrees called Doctorates.  Students must apply to attend a university on average universities accept the top 8% of students in their class.  The cost to attend a university is the same at all 10 schools.  In 2014-2015, it cost $12,240 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a university is typically to get more schooling to eventually get a job.

Pros: Great instructors, quality education, campus life, lots of activities on campus, and challenging instructors
Cons:  Less affordable tuition, availability of classes, trouble meeting with professors, big campuses, and students can easily get lost with so many students.

Private Colleges

Example: Chapman University, U.S.C., Standford

There are 185 private universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 185.  Private colleges can offer many different types of degrees and specialties from certificates to Doctorates.  Students must apply to attend a private university.  The university can choose to take whom every they like based on any criteria.  The cost to attend a private university is varied.  School tuition can vary from around $8,000 to $50,000 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a private university is typically to get more schooling to eventually get a job.

Pros: Great instructors, community feeling, small campuses, small class size, and a quality education.
Cons:  Less affordable tuition and tough classes.

CSU Channel Islands

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Second on our list was CSU Channel Islands located south of the city of Camarillo which is about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Channel Islands is the newest school in the California State system.  It is located off the beaten pass in a small valley about 5 miles away from the city of Camarillo.  It is a small school with quite a bit of student housing on campus.  Just on the side of the campus is a lovely little village filled with gorgeous looking apartments.  A person would definitely need a car to go into the city.  There are buses that connect the school to the trains but if a student wanted to make, say a quick Target run, a car would be a necessity.

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This school is located only 10 minutes from the beach.  The weather was lovely when we were there in the summer it was in the mid-70s.

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The school had a beautiful Spanish styled theme that ran throughout the entire campus including the housing that was connected to the school.  However, the school seemed really small.  If a person was a bit shy, I would say this might be a good fit for him/her.

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A brand new library built in the center of the college.  Cat liked the fact that it was a bit excluded.  She thought it would force her to concentrate on her studies.  I liked how secluded it was.  I thought it might be a bit safer than some other campuses.  I worried that it might be a bit too small for my daughter and that there would not be enough to do on the weekends when most kids would want to go home.  And finally, if she chose to live off campus and not in the cute apartments next to the school she would have to live farther away from the school which would create a commuter type situation.