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Opinion

The Daily Aztec

Aug. 14-20, 2019 EDITOR: Catherine Van Weele • opinion@thedailyaztec.com

Why I decided to attend SDSU by Hannah Goldstone STAFF WRITER

Congratulations, you’ve made it into San Diego State. Whether SDSU was your dream school, your backup school or just happened to be the closest school to your home, the university wants you here. Everyone had different reasons for wanting to attend SDSU. Maybe it was a special major program, a specific professor, a sports team, the weather or because one’s parents attended. I picked SDSU because I got admitted into the Weber Honors College, and was going to be a psychology major. SDSU was known for having a popular and well known psychology department. I also wanted a school with

big sporting games and school spirit, and wanted a school with big Greek influence. It’s now Fall 2019. I’m beginning my last year at SDSU. None of those original intentions matter anymore. I left the Weber Honors College after my freshman year, I switched majors about five times and eventually stuck with sociology. I haven’t been to a single sporting event in the entirety of my time here, but I have truly seen SDSU spirit throughout the years. I joined a sorority for two years, but eventually decided that it wasn’t for me and instead focused on my extracurriculars and many part-time jobs. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time with the Peer Health Education program, which I had never given thought to before

attending SDSU. I decided to minor in political science, a subject I loathed before coming to SDSU, because I admire the faculty and their stories. I wrote down these thoughts to showcase how much my mindset has changed. I hope during your time at SDSU you change your mind about things, maybe even the same thing, several times. Don’t be afraid to change your major three times. Try taking classes that you didn’t think you would be interested in. Join groups and then leave them. Don’t be afraid of changing your values or priorities. This idea of “finding yourself” and “college experimentation” can be cheesy and cliché. Some people claim to know exactly which path they want to take from the beginning. These

people enter college as a biology major and stick with it through becoming a doctor. I believe that this mindset can only get you so far. I think it’s wonderful that one can feel passionate and motivated about a certain choice. But, hopefully one day when you pass by tabling for a dance team or cooking class, you decide to give it a try even if it isn’t in your predestined life plan. I hope you’re not afraid to change your mind about what you hope to get out of your time at SDSU. This university taught me, whether indirectly or not, that I can switch paths completely and everything will work out in the end . Hannah Goldstone is a senior studying sociology.

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Diversity is an essential part of today’s college experience by Tom Tran CONTRIBUTOR

College is a time for exploration. During this period, many college students are beginning their journey in self-awareness. Students are exploring career choices, majors, clubs and organizations, sexuality and cultural identity. These forms of exploration allow students to get a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. Being in a diverse environment is essential to this process. Our world is diverse. It is a melting pot of people from many different walks of life. Possessing differentiating points of view provides us with a better understanding of where our beliefs come from and helps us to identify what we actually believe in. Being open to the idea of cultural diversity provides the opportunity to broaden a person’s perspective. Learning about other people’s insights and opinions, cultural customs and lifestyle choices will give you a deeper grasp into your own. Every person has their own set of challenges to overcome during their journey. Some people are predisposed to be less equipped with resources or cultural capital due to circumstances beyond their control. For instance, a student raised in an English-speaking household may potentially gain a stronger grasp of the language compared to a student with English as their secondary language. Although it may be more advantageous to have a better grasp of the language in your native country, it is also advantageous to have a second language at your disposal. Speaking multiple languages allows you to connect with more people and provide different outlooks on the world.

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Both native-English speakers and bilingual speakers have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. By being mindful of your own strengths, you gain perspective into what makes you unique. Having cultural capital, especially regarding traditions and language, passed down from

we are all different, but the same. Understanding differing backgrounds enables us to be more aware of the privileges we are awarded and of our shortcomings. Having greater self-awareness leads to stronger decision making – especially when deciding which career

“Our world is progressively moving towards globalization and having a diverse student population on your campus will prepeare you for the workplace of today.” their parents gives students a slight edge. College is a time when you are able to cultivate your communication skills. An opportunity to interact with people of various cultures and nationalities and learn about their ways of life. During these interactions you will discuss one another’s cultures. You may learn about their traditions, delicious multicultural foods and notice parallels between cultures. With this comes the realization that

path to pursue. Career choices are best made when one’s strengths and weaknesses have been recognized completely. You will likely want a job that highlights your skill sets – a position where your strengths outshine your weaknesses. The most rewarding work is found when you understand yourself as a whole and that you are not perfect. Knowing what you bring to the table will liken your chances of fulfillment in your career.

Our world is progressively moving towards globalization and having a diverse student population on your college campus will prepare you for the diversity of the workplace of today. In today’s workforce, your employer, customers and co-workers will likely be from different backgrounds. The more exposure you have to other cultures, the more you will learn through social interactions. Collaborative efforts lead to a future of more connectedness and an enriching experience for all. If we never bother to expand our efforts for a more inclusive workplace, our society can not continue to make considerable strides forward. A new era is upon us and cultural inclusivity is the catalyst to not only improving the culture of workplaces, but within our own neighborhoods and communities. Tom Tran is a senior studying interdisciplinary studies. Follow him on Twitter @tomtrvn.

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