Student Experience at College of San Mateo
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Nela Kusalo
Nela Kusalo USC, Business Administration
Looking back, choosing CSM was the best decision I made. Being denied admission to my top school in high school, I thought my life was over. The extra two years at home while attending CSM, allowed me to mature and discover what I wanted to do with myself. My focus, determination, and CSM resources allowed me to transfer in exactly 2 years to USC. There are so many people that helped me along this journey at CSM. What I believe most contributed to my success was being a self advocate, meeting with my counselor regularly, attending professors office hours, attending various workshops, and the learning center. The professors at CSM want you to succeed and are there for you. The community at CSM is like no other. Advice I would give other students starting their journey at CSM, is to step out of your comfort zone, try new things. By doing this you will learn more about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes, which will ultimately help you find your direction when choosing a college or career.