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Mario  Rossetti
Mario Rossetti San Francisco State University, Psychology San Francisco State University (SFSU) psychology major Mario Rossetti says that CSM shaped him academically and contributed to his development as a well-rounded person in general. “The Mario that started at CSM and the Mario that graduated from CSM are two different people…I have CSM to thank for that!”

Mario acknowledges that two of his professors, Rob Komas (math) and Rudy Ramirez (ethnic studies), were especially influential in his success. “They helped me figure out my path and provided support for me when I needed it and as a result, I matured academically.” Says Mario. They showed me that faculty at CSM truly support their students.”

A graduate of Moreau High School in Hayward, Mario chose to cross the bridge and enroll at CSM. “I learned that CSM had an excellent reputation for transferring students to the universities of their choice,” explains Mario. In addition to his professors, Mario found CSM’s instructional labs were an important resource. When he needed extra help in a particular subject, he would visit the labs and receive tutoring which enabled him to stay on track in his coursework.

Although he moved on to SFSU, Mario continued his association with CSM as a student ambassador. He worked as a representative of the college assisting with outreach and recruitment efforts in the local high schools. In this role, he borrowed from his own experience at CSM when he spoke with high school students about the benefits of attending CSM: “I would tell them that CSM is a great option to help you grow into the person you want to become. Since the first two years of college is spent taking general education, it doesn’t really matter where you begin college. What’s important is that you can transfer from CSM to a university and that’s when you focus on your major.” Good advice from a student with first-hand experience.