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Robertino San Diego UC Berkeley, B.A., Economics

Carlmont High School graduate Robertino San Diego says CSM was the foundation that made it possible for him to earn a BA degree in economics from UC Berkeley. “Choosing a university is a major decision and I wanted to get it right. CSM gave me the opportunity to make that decision while I completed all of the coursework I needed to transfer.” While at CSM, Robertino discovered what he considers a valuable campus resource–the students.  He credits his peers for playing an important role in helping him become a successful student; they provided good advice and were very supportive. To further his connection with students, he participated in student government serving as vice president of the Associated Students of CSM and also joined the Transfer Club and Filipino Club.  “My peers at CSM inspired me to be a better student and set goals that at one time seemed unattainable. This support network of students played a major role in the success I had at CSM. Furthermore, I fulfilled my transfer requirements with relative ease because the college offered a good selection of courses, small-size classes and most of all, great professors.” Robertino says that at CSM he honed his study skills and received strong academic preparation that led to success at the university level.  He explains, “It was not my original intent to attend Berkeley but the opportunities at CSM made me want to strive to transfer to an excellent university. The college set the bar higher than anything I expected.” Following two years at UC Berkeley, Robertino became a member of the university’s class of  2013. For his first venture into the working world he landed a summer internship at Yahoo!  For the next few years, he plans to gain more work experience in finance, marketing or consulting before applying to a top-tier graduate school to earn an MBA.  For students thinking about attending CSM, Robertino shares advice similar to what he received from his peers, “Take the opportunities that you are given and strive to reach your goals. CSM can make it happen.”