Far Friends

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of San Francisco If you want to feel better about going to school far away, let me make you feel better: All of my high school friends attend schools within 5 hours of home, and I am the only person who chose to attend a school more than 26 hours away. There are so many hard things about leaving your high school friends and paving the way for yourself at a school where you know nobody. I want to make this post tell you that you CAN do it. Let’s talk about the hard stuff first: • During the first few weeks of freshman year, people who go to school with high school friends will cling to each other. It may rip you apart to see your high school friends still hang out with each other during college when you are so far away and don’t have that safety. • They can go home much more easily. I have missed so many family events due to the high costs of going home and the great lengths it takes to get there. Friends who go to school with each other can carpool and make those weekend trips home …

College Professors are Different

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, USF Forget what you know about teachers from what you experienced in high school. In fact, forget that you even called them ‘teachers’ because now you only call them ‘professors’. These men and women are powerful forces of nature that are hardly held down by policy, political correctness, or even lesson plans. I have had some of the wildest professors. They have stopped class to be taught how to do the Hotline Bling by Drake, to Snapchat (see photo attached), and even hold hands and sing a song in a language nobody spoke just because it was ‘stuck in his head’. They cuss, they make politically charged statements, they throw people out of class, and they don’t care what you think of them. College professors are their own breed of people and they are the people on campus you love and hate the most. If there is one thing you need to consider most important, it is this: Make sure your professor knows who you are, knows you are serious, and continues to know who you are after you finish their class. Networking is one thing you just cannot learn the importance of …

Not Home for the Holidays

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, The University of San Francisco All families have holiday traditions that they just can’t see themselves missing, whatever their culture is. For my family, one of these things include pulling all of the Christmas decorations down from the attic. We play Christmas music throughout the house and take a few hours working all together to transform the house into Christmas-mode. But when I got home from my Fall semester my Freshman year, the house was already transformed, and I was left to just enjoy the tradition without participating. You will find that once you leave for college, you are going to miss key happenings in your family that you hate to see go on without your presence. Unfortunately, it is inevitable and includes things that you did not even know you cared about. If your family cannot afford to get you home on every holiday, it can be so painful to sit at school, sometimes alone. Where I go to school, the majority of students are from the Bay Area, making it so easy for them to get a ride home or pay $10 to use public transportation to get to their home …

Dorm Tour: Stanford University

Contributed by: Alexandra Bourdillon Curious what it’s like to live at Stanford? Check out this video for a brief tour of a real Stanford dorm brought to you by a current undergraduate student! Dorm Life at Stanford:  Housing is mandatory for freshman, but pretty normal for students to live on campus all 4 years because it is quite affordable compared to neighboring areas. There are a number of Greek and non-Greek “Row” Houses which are popular because of the strong sense of community, well-received dining options (each house has a special chef!) and location to all campus parties. These are popular for upperclassmen housing. Some (few) dorms have single sex floors. Single sex dorms are usually Greek related, but there is one exception – a smaller female-only Row House. Freshman year, housing is randomly assigned or based off of input from the “Draw form.” The other 3 years require a lottery draw system that allows students to form draw groups with close friends and rank housing. Stanford uses a tier system so that each year you are allowed to use your “Tier 1, 2 or 3” (Tier 1 being the best!). Interested in more? Check out Campus Sherpa’s Youtube channel for more …

Family Visits

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, The University of San Francisco One of the most exciting parts about going to school relatively far away is having you family come visit you. It truly does give you something to count down to! My parents come to San Francisco about once an academic year, and my sister has come twice in my three years there (once for a job interview, but still). I really look forward to each time they visit. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman or a senior- your family come to see you at school is really a treat and a great break from your usual grind. Your parents might be interested in different things than you might think. My parents really wanted to see more of my every day life. What are the dorms like? The communal restrooms? Are the cafeteria lines really long during the school day? What are the classrooms like that you take your lesson in? When my parents came, I was much more focused on showing the city. They of course wanted to see San Francisco, but think of it this way. If you were paying thousands of dollars for someone …

Dorm Communal Bathrooms

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of San Francisco  I know what you are thinking: Communal restrooms in my dorm are going to be utterly repulsive, but I just have to survive one year and never have to deal with gross bathrooms again. Though this could be true for some, everyone has a different experience when it comes to having communal bathrooms. Let’s talk about the good and the bad: The Good  You never have to front money for toilet paper and cleaning products for the restroom. Budgeting in another $10 in cleaning supplies could pose a threat to your bagel commerce in the near future. Always available! Usually, dorm restrooms have many toilets and showers to be used by your floor mates. Never have I ever needed to wait to use the toilet, shower, or sink. It can be fun! It is a huge space to get ready for events with your floor friends. The counters span the entire space, perfect for spreading out makeup and hair tools. It a basically a giant pre-party for big on-campus events like concerts and mixers. The Bad Cleanliness. We all have different standards. For a clean freak like me, seeing …

Meet the Sherpas: Roy Shadmon, UCSC

A Message from Sherpa Roy: My name is Roy and I’m a second year computer science student at UC Santa Cruz. I’m the President of Mishelanu (The Israeli-American Club), an event planning intern at Santa Cruz Hillel, and a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Most of my time that I’m not spending studying or on these extracurricular activities, you’ll be able to find me playing basketball, Fifa, or just hanging out with my friends. I like being a Sherpa because I enjoy showing off my beautiful campus to potential students. I also really like to hike around campus.

Itinerary: Cal Poly State (SLO)

10:00 AM: We can meet at the grass area of the breezeway at Orfalea College of Business for introductions! We’ll take a short tour of the College of Business and I can answer questions about majors, classes, clubs and organizations, and anything else. 10:20 AM: I’ll take you on a general campus tour, show you places most students like to study/hang out/bask in SLO sunshine, and tell you about Cal Poly culture. I’d show you Spanos Stadium, where the Blue-Green soccer rivalry with UCSB and football games take place, and our beautiful Rec center. We can also stop for food or coffee if you crave it! If you’re interested in arts, I’d like to show you Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center, which also serves as a community hub for concerts and theater. I can also tell you about music culture around SLO! We can also take a short tour of the various dorms, especially the Tenaya red bricks which hosts mainly College of Business students. 11:00 AM: I lead weekly chapter meetings at this time for a global non-profit organization called AIESEC that helps students volunteer and intern abroad which you can sit in on! Meet some friends of mine and they can …

Itinerary: UCLA

10:00 AM: Meet on the “residence hill” (351 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90024) 10:00 am – 10:30 AM: See a dorm room, view the dining halls, computer labs, stores, and gym on the “hill” 10:30 am – 11:00 AM: Walk down “Bruin Walk,” get introduced to all the club options, view the student center and gym 11:00 am – 11:15 AM: Sit in on a class. The course is a pre-requisite class that you would have to take if you pursue a biological and physical science major 11:15 am – 12:00 PM:  Meet my friends OPTION 1: Eat on campus in Ackerman (food court near bruin walk) OPTION 2: Eat on campus at my sorority house, where you can also meet my friends! (We have chefs prepare our food everyday, I can send you the menu beforehand if you would like that) Sherpa Lauren, UCLA

Itinerary: UC Davis

I’d like to meet in the center of UC Davis’s quad, as it is easily recognizable and I can tell you about my experiences and the events that happen on the quad throughout the year. I’ll take you towards Wellman Hall and show you the locations of some of the bigger lecture halls that I’ve had Computer Science courses in, along with the exact spot on campus that I remember deciding to choose Davis. From there, we’ll head South towards Tercero (my housing location) and give you the details of the three housing options that the housing tours tend to leave out. Almost right next to Tercero is Kemper, which will be the main stop of the tour. Kemper is the UC Davis CS and Engineering building, filled with programmers at nearly all times of the typical school day. I can take you to the infamous Kemper basement, which has been where CS students meet up together to work their school projects for quite a long time. If we have any time left after showing you Kemper, I’ll take you towards the Silo, which is another one of campus’s hubs for gathering (and also for food!). Sherpa Christian, UC Davis

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School? -California State University–Long Beach

“Cal State Long Beach has had a partnership with the company Boeing for over 10 years now. As a result of this engineering majors can have access to the new mechanical analysis lab and internships with the company which leads in aeronautical technology.” –Sherpa Christopher, California State University–Long Beach