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Why I chose CSUSM

Annelisa Zamora, Staff writer

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I thought choosing a college to attend would be easier than it was. Contrary to what movies lead

you to believe, there are a lot more factors that determine where you’ll spend the next four years of your undergraduate life.

It’s important to consider finances, location, housing and most importantly do they have your major? And if they do,  is it impacted? Will they take your AP credits? You have a long list to remember and will most likely check it more than twice! (Please excuse my christmas pun).

As for myself, CSUSM met my expectations and needs in every way.

CSUSM being affordable had a lot to do with why I chose it. This school is accommodating to their students and is willing to work with you regardless of your income level. Aside from filing your FAFSA, CSUSM also offers 200 general scholarships that anyone can apply for.

Not to mention, CSUSM is a small campus. It’s small enough to feel like home, but big enough to get that, “I’m away from my parents and living the life of a cool university student,” feeling.

It’s also a reassuring thought to know that my professors know my name, and I’m not just a number.

San Marcos is a close-knit community, which makes new places to venture to within a five mile radius. Even though the beach is a bit further, it’s easy to take the sprinter from campus and straight to Oceanside for a relaxing day with your roommates.

Living on campus means fun events to help you meet your fellow Cougar peers, getting to class on time and free food that is being offered during various festivities. It’s hard not to feel involved when you live on campus.

Even though I still get winded from walking up and down the stairs of what everyone calls “Cal State Stairmaster”, I’m glad I chose this university and I’m glad to call this beautiful new city my second home.

But serious question for those who’ve been here for a while: Do you ever get used to the stairs? There’s just so many.

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