During my freshman year I was living in the dorms. This was a crazy experience. I really liked my roommate, we were a lot like each other and we got along really good which was perfect since I had heard a lot of crazy stories about bad roommates. I was very fortunate to find this person, we are still living together. My room was not big at all. It was your typical dorm, two beds, two desks,two closets, and no bathroom. We had to share our bathroom with 20 + girls that lived in our same floor. It was not a pleasant experience. My floor was co-ed so our neighbors were guys and fortunately they were really nice and we turned out to be really good friends. I would say that the dorms allowed me to make new friends since you practically had to live with everyone that was in our floor. Resident life was also very good and fun. The RA’s would plan a lot of fun events that brought everyone together as well as informed you about things that were going on around campus and the community. The only downside to living in the dorms was that you had no privacy at all. Also, it was really hard to do any homework. Our floor was really noisy so it was hard to get any work done. I would go to the library and finish my homework there which was great because it allowed me to concentrate better and get my work done.
During my second semester of my Freshman year, I also had an internship with Associated Students Project Connect. Here, i worked with elementary and high school students to promote the idea of going to college. Although elementary and middle school might seem like a young age to start thinking about college, the idea of planting the seed of higher education was important. I really enjoyed working with Project connect because it allowed me to learn about different resources that were on campus. This helped me out a lot because i no longer felt lost in college. I now knew that there was help out there and that if I ever felt lost I could go to any of these resources for help. During my spring semester i took a class on Latino health care perspectives, this has been one of my favorite class that i have taken so far. it showed me a lot about the health problems that affect the Latino community and it really motivated me to do something that would allow me to help those who are going through these problems. The teacher that taught this class also ran a clinic in the mission district that was a partnership with UCSF and it served immigrants and those who did not have health care. his mission was to provide free basic health care services to those who could not afford them. I started attending the meetings and i was really interested in this project. i soon became a volunteer and before i knew it i got trained and i have been working in the clinic ever since as a pharmacy assistant and patient advocate. the work is very hard and time consuming but I know that at the end it pays off since I am helping those who are unable to get health care.
– Claudia, San Francisco State ’13