Cambodian Students and Parents Learn How to Get an Early Start for College During Fair
The Journey-To-Success, college fair for Cambodian and Southeast Asian communities took place on Saturday, Oct 8 at CSU Long Beach.
Approximately 250 middle, high school and community college students and parents learned about how to prepare early for college and became familiar with CSU Mentor, a website that allows students to apply for admission to any of the CSU 23 campuses.
Parents shared their experiences and heard about the relevance of college to life in the United States, job satisfaction and giving back to the community. They also received tips on how to help their children meet their educational goals.
Words from Those Who Have Mastered the Game
A group of Cambodian professionals who have received degrees in medicine, social work, law, and psychology at universities in the United States shared their feelings of self worth, financial stability, sense of achievement and satisfaction received from their professional careers.
Receiving a higher education degree in Cambodia is a privilege, said MaryAnn Seng a
who works for the Long Beach Unified School District. "In the United States it is an opportunity that is open to you." The professionals agreed that as a result of having higher education they have become more interested in traveling to see the world and enriching their lives.
Students heard from CSU officials about the habits they need to acquire when getting to college and about the rewards of learning to be independent and responsible for themselves.
"You have to wake up on your own when you live in a college dormitory; you pick your own schedule; you decide what and when to eat and you make things happen," said Corion Lucas, a member of CSULB's student services office. "You enrich your life by being with all kinds of people and you can take classes in another country and get credit for them."
The Cambodian College fair was co-chaired by CSULB Professor Simon Kim and Mary Ann Takemoto, CSULB associate vice president for student services. Both are members of the CSU system's Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative. Garrett Ashley, CSU vice chancellor for university advancement and Don Para, provost at CSULB welcomed the audience during the plenary session in the University Student Union Ballroom.
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