Haley Steele

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California State University, Monterey Bay/California State University, Stanislaus

Gregori Class of 2015


Weighted GPA at Gregori: 3.5 to 3.9

SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): N/A

SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): N/A

ACT Composite Score: N/A

What are the dorms like on campus? What would you recommend students bring to their dorms?

I don't know what the dorms are like at CSUSTAN, but I can talk about the dorms at CSUMB. Both my freshman and sophomore year, I lived in triple dorms - 3 people in one dorm. I can honestly say I liked the dorm from my first year better as it was bigger, my floor mates all talked to each other, and my roommates were good. The best thing about these dorms is that they have a bathroom within the dorm so you don't have a communal bathroom on each floor. I would say follow the list that is typically emailed to you previous to move-in. I don't think you can ever be fully prepare. My family and I made multiple trips to target during the unpacking stage to get things we had forgotten. I would say make sure you have some kind of planner so you can keep up with school and extracurriculars. I also would say if you have a laptop, bring that for sure. My must have item would have been my headphones. I used them walking to class, in-between class, in my dorm while studying or watching a movie on my laptop, or in the library, etc. As for what not to bring, do NOT bring your whole wardrobe to school. You will not have room for it and odds are you will not wear all of it.

How did you go through the process of choosing a roommate?

For my first year, I actually got to request one of my roommates. She was also a student from my graduating class at Gregori and we happened to be friends as well. As for all of my other roommates, there is an application process that you go through that has questions about your living style such as: how late you are up, how early you wake up, study location, noise level, LGBTQ friendly or not, smoking habits, etc. They say that those answers will be matched with students of similar lifestyles and beliefs, but that isn't the case after freshmen year when you can actually select the room you want.

How do you get to classes? Do you take public transportation, ride a bicycle, walk, etc.? Is the campus spread across large distances?

At CSUMB I would walk to all of my classes. It wasn't a huge campus, but it was a good walk. At CSUSTAN, I drive to campus, but also walk from class to class.

What supplies do you normally use in your classes? What do you bring with you on a daily basis?

I always have a couple of pens and pencils as well as a notebook for each class. I bring those everyday as well as my laptop for the classes where it is permitted. I find it faster and easier to take notes on the computer.

Do you typically eat food on campus? Do you like the food there? Are you on a food plan with the university?

I had a meal plan at CSUMB and was not a fan to say the least. There were limited options. At CSUSTAN, I pack my lunch every day because I commute from home.

What is the social life like on campus? Is there a large population of sororities or fraternities?

There wasn't a whole lot of campus life after the first month or so of school. Once everyone was settled in, activities slowed down. You learn to make your own fun by having movie nights, game nights, dinners, beach trips, going off campus, etc. There are both fraternities and sororities, however they do not have actual houses so they seem more like a club.

Have you had to change your study habits to accommodate to the workload at college compared to high school?

I typically study at night, but with my classes being in the morning, I had to work in the evenings. I had to start studying on breaks at work or in-between classes as well. It was hard at first, but eventually became routine. The harder part was sitting down to study over going to hang out with friends.

How do you balance your school work with any jobs that you may have throughout the year?

At my job I can schedule my availability to fit my schedule. I made sure to have two full days off, for personal preference, but to give myself some time between work and school.

How have you had to prepare for the responsibilities of being on your own at college? (appointments, grocery shopping, paying bills, etc.)

It is definitely an adjustment and feels very odd at first. Then you get set in you ways and independence, and it becomes normal. It stops being weird, and can even seem more weird when you go home on breaks and weekends.

What is the school spirit like at your school? (sports, etc.)

CSUMB didn't really have much school spirit. You could tell at sporting events because the bleachers were never really full, except for homecoming. I have only been to one sporting event at CSUSTAN, and they seem to have more school spirit. They had a student cheer section at that game. I am hoping that the spirit is that way year round.