This Mother’s Day, I’m taking the time to thank the woman who raised me.
Rob Flores reflects on attending community college longer than most students until he learned late in life that he had learning disabilities achieving the proper services he needed to finish and transfer to CSULB.
A first generation student’s journey towards graduation.
Join me on my first journey climbing outdoors as I pushed myself to new heights.
A look at the way modern political activism is shaping a new generation of soon-to-be “real world” citizens.
By: Andrew Ruiz
Senioritis! The struggle is real for many college students. We caught up with a few CSULB students to see where they stand on Senioritis, how to deal with it and if it’s beneficial for them down the line in the “real” world.
By: Adrienne Anes
Internships are a crucial part in the college experience. Read Adrienne’s personal experience about what interning means for her.
By: Michelle Matos
International Women's Day 2018 brought not only inspiration and motivation, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
By: Donna Robles
Picture this: A 15-year-old high school student who just moved to the U.S. from the Philippines is having a conversation with one of her teachers. He asks her what she wants to do in the future, and when she says she wants to be a writer, his response is this:
Story By: Giovanni Cardenas
Photo by: Trang Le
For some, drinking can be a social activity. For others, drinking can become an addiction. Here's one student's personal account about he overcome an addiction about drinking a lot, where he drinks less and is smart about it.
By Natalie Rodriguez
As cliché as it sounds, most college students are stuck living at home and that situation makes it hard or even impossible to find ways to be intimate with their partners. No need to spend money on expensive and decent hotels for a couple of hours, or face the last resort of intimacy in a cramped and confined space while having difficulties of what position to do so you can feel some kind of pleasure.
BY MICHELLE MENDEZ
Many dog owners would say that their dogs provide them with emotional support. Taking that comfor and companionship everywhere is helping some people cope with day-to-day life. Here's one student's story about how an emotional support dog saved her.
By: Stephen Oduntan
A year ago, Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protest, but now taking a knee has spread like a quenchless fire. In response, anthem-kneeling NFL players have sparked strong sentiments in homes across America. The echoing chorus often goes along these lines:
By: Michelle Mendez
He made my life as a thirteen-year-old exciting and unpredictable, this dog taught me how to love, I did not feel alone anymore
There’s something oddly serene about being alone. Suddenly you can sit back and watch the world go on around you without the pressure of commenting on someone’s hair or making polite conversation you don’t really care for. You can find a place to sit, somewhere quiet or somewhere in the middle of it all and just…be.
By: Viridiana Ortiz
With graduation just around the corner, I realized I have not crossed off many of the things from my college bucket list. College is supposed to be the time where you venture off and explore both the inside and outside of a classroom.
By: Nick McNamara
We sat together in the brisk winter wind outside her parents’ Santa Clarita home as I struggled to ask a question to which I already knew the answer – “Am I different?” My girlfriend of seven years, Lauren, paused a few moments as my question floated in the air.
By: Lizzy Sunshine
A pleather skirt with laces on the side hang next to a shimmery bodysuit in my closet, and my bestie number two has fancy sparkle pants hanging in her closet. Each item still has price tags because the plan was to be decked out for New Year’s Eve at some poshy event, not in the hospital next to a breathing machine.
By: Amanda Mayberry
After about a year going back and forth, downloading and deleting, I finally stuck it out. I gave myself a one month trial on Tinder, just to “see what’s out there.” I racked up about 100 matches, had about 50 men in my inbox and went on three unsuccessful dates before I met Pat.
By: Emily Ayers
Stepping onto campus the day after the election was eerily still. A day that is typically wrought with people shuffling to and from classes was almost empty. The campus was noiseless, and as I passed people, there was a silent recognition of the other person’s uneasiness.
By: Daniela Hernandez
Comfortable shoes? Check. Layers of clothing? Check. Cleverly worded poster? Check. Millennial mentality? Check. En route to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on Jan. 21 for everything and anything that is not Donald Trump.
By: Antonio Henriques
No, I did not vote for Trump. No, I’m not a Trump apologist. I am, however, advocating for social responsibility and the ownership of others, as well as my own incorrect assumptions promoted by the majority of media outlets, pundits and personalities.
By: Selena Gonzalez
With the new semester around the corner, students are preparing to begin their new internships. Many of them are required to complete an internship in order to graduate. Those who are not required to do so are still advised and encouraged to complete one.
By: Melody Opene
I’m an angry black woman. You’re probably thinking, what’s new, right? Either that or you’re already watching this paper be engulfed in the flames of your disinterest and ire. If you decided to stick around, I’ll explain why.
By: Tanner Hewitt
At five in the morning, 29 degrees Fahrenheit, I breathed some warmth into my fingers and aggressively broke the snow-muffled silence that enveloped the sleepy Vancouver, Washington neighborhood. With a sacrificial gift card from my wallet, I began scraping a thin layer of ice from our car windshield, doing my best not to totally disturb this street's post-Thanksgiving hibernation.
By: Branden Raulston
There are those times when life brings down the hammer. When it tries to crush you and keep you down. Most of us have been there. I have been there a few times.
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