In this edition of My College Experience, CAP alum Luis Bobadilla shares some of his triumphs and setbacks as a CSULA freshman. Luis shares his advice for dealing with difficult college course loads and chronicles the importance of becoming an active campus community member. Check out his freshman year experience below:
Luis Bobadilla: Freshman, CSU Los Angeles
My experience this year at CSULA was a very challenging one. I encountered some difficult times and although I sometimes felt like giving up, I had the right support team which made it possible to accomplish my goals. One of the things I liked from CSULA is the way your EOP counselor is there to help you when you need it. The counselors help you stay on track with deadlines and assignments and even advise and guide you through the right path. Even though they can seem a bit bothersome with their emails, the counselors just want the best for you and are always there to catch you if you fall, like in my case.
I had a very difficult time with my classes and failed some of them this year. I believe that my difficulty adjusting to the tediousness of college classes and my lack of effort were to blame. This is something that I look forward to improving on next fall. Even though there were some tough times, I had some good times too. For example, I joined the most amazing club: P3 (Plan, Promote, Participate). This club gives you the chance to meet new people and explore the campus. Our job in this club is to promote upcoming events by street teaming, where we go around the campus talking to students about the events that take place. We also plan the events by brainstorming ideas and making them come alive. After all the work and dedication we put into the events, we have the chance to attend our events and have fun.
There is one catch to the club: we are divided into groups depending on how many students join the club each quarter, at the end of each quarter the squad with the most hours wins a prize. I started the club in the winter and it went well. Also each squad has a team leader and I was lucky enough to have one of the best team leaders ever. It’s bittersweet because she’s graduating this year but I aim to become team leader for my group in the fall if everything goes well. Since my winter start I have given over 50 hours to the club, a big accomplishment that I am very proud of. My squad was able to come up with the most hours for both of the quarters that I volunteered, we won the prize, and it feels great that I was able to contribute so many hours to help out.
I would advise incoming CSULA freshmen to learn good time management skills. The quarters here go by really fast, but if you have the right support team you will get through it. Also, DO NOT procrastinate because some professors won’t wait for you. Above all, just have fun and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Lastly, I wanted to share this piece of advice I got from my counselor: “You have to be selfish sometimes in order to achieve your goals.” Remember to keep your goals in mind!