- Class: Junior
- Major: Other
- Gender: F
- High School: Grover Cleveland High School
- Transfer Student: N
I love walking around campus and seeing every kind of face. I think the diversity (and it's also one of styles and personalities! Just look around...)at SFSU is something every school should strive for. I think the campus is a perfect size as long as it doesn't keep adding students with no classrooms to fit them in. I think it's very easy to grow to love the school and campus environment...when it's a nice day and everyone's out on the quad, sprinkled all over the campus, it's an awesome thing to see. I've learned recently what kind of political history our school has and that's something that I'm really proud of. SFSU is definitely not a college town and I think that becomes a deal breaker for people, so to speak. THe fact that people are coming from so many different places and are many times going to school to get on BART and commute an hour or more home, it makes it harder to make connections with other students who have opposite schedules and priorities closer to campus. There is so much diversity but a lack of more meshing together.
I am a Liberal Studies major because I didn't want to have to pick only one area of concentration. I've enjoyed my ETHS 100 and Women and Politics the best so far because it gave me a real perspective of society and something I can work toward to make change. While I'm not very good at science, each science class I've taken at state has been really stimulating. As a whole, I've enjoyed my professors. As far as teachers knowing my name, it's only in small classes where that's been possible or apparent which I guess is understandable for the size of many lectures. My key frustration is registration for classes because students keep getting added instead of classes, though that has to do with budget cuts and fee hikes, I know. Many people at SFSU are the first to go to college in their families so for some, it's more about attaining a degree and not just having the luxury of learning, although because of that, it also goes the other way. I just think it's too hard to generalize whether people are here just for the sake of learning when American society dictates what we have to do in order to get from point a to point b--go to college= be successful.
I work for a religious organization and in my short lived experience there I have learned that while minority communities are out there on and around campus, it's very hard to bring in new people and especially integrate different kinds of people into a specific organization such as MECHA, BSU, Hillel. There are people of every background at our school but as much as groups try, we are not reaching out enough to each other. The majority of people I see on campus are Asian, African American, Caucasion and Latino...but what about everyone else? I am taking People and Cultures of California and I've learned all about the thousands of American Indians in the U.S. and political events that took place on our very campus centering around their community, but where are they today? I would be interested in trying to find a way to bring people together more.
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