Student Experience at College of San Mateo
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Sarah Funes
Sarah Funes UC Berkeley, Political Science Having moved to South San Francisco at 10 years old I craved the sun and a different point of view. So I decided to attend CSM with the goal of transferring to UC Berkeley. I knew I would be there longer than two years because I really struggle with math. My strategy was to complete the UC requirements and take advantage of the many resources that CSM offers. I benefited from service in both the EOPS and DSPS programs and I also used other resources available to me including CSM Transfer Services – application workshops, appointments with university representatives and meeting with counselors. When I needed extra help in my courses, I dropped by to speak with my professors during their office hours. I also spent time in the Writing Center and Math Lab and found the people working there very helpful. Those labs really saved me!

The most surprising aspect of my time at CSM was the relationships I made with faculty and staff. I found that President Claire had an easy going nature and real commitment to students. I appreciated all the help I received from my professors. The sessions with my professors were life changing because they cared about me as a person rather than a name on a class roster.

My advice to prospective students would be: attending a community college can set you up for success, and CSM is one of the best community colleges in California. The staff and faculty care and want you to succeed. With hard work you can make your dreams come true! It worked for me. I will be attending my dream university this fall. GO BEARS!