my first semester here, I felt just like the majority
of negative reviewers did who have posted on this board.
I even tried transferring to CSU Sacramento, but due to
the lack of transferable courses, also as mentioned by other
reviewers, I decided I should just tough it out. And
Iâ€™m glad I did.
CSUMB has developed quite impressively
since my fall 2004 matriculation. The base, I mean campus,
was kind of creepy and weird at first. There were
two abandoned military barracks smack-dab in the middle of the
quad, which was odd; the technological infrastructure was a bit
antiquated; and the track and athletic facilities were mostly remnants
of Fort Ord days. All of that has since been
changed. The two barracks are gone, the entire campus has
brand new fiber optics, and the track has been renovated
extensively, most notably with the addition of a multi-million dollar
athletics building. The new library is less than a year
from completion, and the campusâ€™ â€œlighting issuesâ€ have most assuredly
General education academics are a joke,
as pointed out by many of the first-semester reviewers. However,
the business program, both lower- and upper-division, is absolutely amazing.
There are professors from Harvard and USC teaching here, my
accounting teacher is from Dartmouth, and the chair of the
business school is from Oxford. The School of Business is
most definitely THE academic force on campus. And itâ€™s getting
even better: theyâ€™ve recently added an accounting concentration by establishing
a relationship with a prominent accounting firm; the School is
scheduled to move into a brand new building in two
years; and the one-year-old Business Club is adding significant culture
to the School.
One of CSUMBâ€™s greatest strengths is its
newness and youth. I liken the school to a start-up
company most of the time. Since itâ€™s so new, you,
as a student, have significant power to create change. It
may sound trite or clichÃ©, but truly, this generation of
CSUMB students will shape the future of this university. Itâ€™s
easy to bash the school and not do anything about
it. At this school, if something really â€œgrinds your gearsâ€,
you can do something about it. The most successful students
at this school are those who actively seek out ways
to get involved.
So, if I had the opportunity
to go to another school, would I? Nope, not now.
If I left CSUMB my freshman year, I wouldnâ€™t have
experienced college the way I have. The education would have
been similar at CSU Sacramento, but the student-life experience wouldâ€™ve
been tremendously different. Iâ€™m an integral part of this community,
a community where my ideas are heard, and a community
where I can turn my ideas into action.