Student Experience at College of San Mateo
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Kassandra  Lastimosa
Kassandra Lastimosa UC Berkeley, Sociology and Conservation & Resources Studies I attended CSM because I knew it was a college with great transfer success. After spending a year at Loyola University in Maryland, I knew that it wasn’t the right fit. I set my eyes on the prestigious UC system that I left behind upon my high school graduation. I chose CSM because I knew it was a vehicle to reach my goal of attending UC Berkeley.

CSM’s counseling department shaped my successful transfer from CSM to Berkeley due to the high caliber staff and counselors guiding me through the process. Because of my unique situation, coming from a private university to a community college and then transferring to a public university, there were many grey areas. Mike Mitchell in Transfer Services and Counselor Martin Bednarek were tremendously helpful in answering the endless questions I had. During my first semester at CSM, they worked with me to ensure my transfer eligibility.

I was very impressed by the Associated Students at the College of San Mateo. Their passion for the students and college made me want to get involved. Their commitment to advocate for student rights and interests drew me to their meetings immediately. I served as a student senator and a member of the Programming Board during my year at CSM.

To any prospective student considering attending CSM, I offer the following advice: the college will provide you all of the tools for success in any future endeavor, whether that is attaining a degree, or transferring to a four-year university. From the counseling department to the various clubs on campus, the school provides students with all the opportunities for success. Once you are on campus, it is not enough to have the services at your disposal—you must take advantage of them! Speak to your counselors, join a club, get involved and be engaged in the campus community.

After graduating from college, I hope to become a human rights lawyer.