Four-year graduation tracks aren’t realistic for everyone

Growing up, my parents and teachers always told me that a bachelor’s degree should be completed within a four-year time frame. Attend all your classes, study hard, ace your tests and finish in four years. That’s the only way I’ve ever known. This conventional graduation track is upheld at Long Beach State with programs such as Beach Pledge, perpetuating the expectation for undergraduate students to complete their degrees in four years. Beach Pledge, introduced last year, was created in accordance with the California Promise Program to help support students seeking a four-year graduation. Students under the pledge receive priority registration and guaranteed course availability to help stay on track for a speedy graduation. While Beach Pledge is an optional and beneficial program for students, its four-year track trickles down even to those who haven’t taken the pledge. This initiative to increase the number of four-year graduates is a commendable goal, however, it shouldn’t be more important than students’ personal and mental health needs. Certainly, graduating in four years can reap a handful of benefits for students. It’s no secret that students pay a steep price for their education. As of August 2018, an academic year of undergraduate tuition and fees

By | 2018-10-09T22:09:07+00:00 Oct 9, 2018 | 8:14 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

CSULB class of 2018 first to experience graduation at intramural fields

Adorned with sashes, decorated caps and black gowns, the graduating class of 2018 walked a long path to the intramural fields last week. For many, receiving their diploma was the last stage in their college career. Departing from the usual ceremony in the central quad, this year’s graduation featured a new alma mater song and was the first commencement to be held in the intramural fields. According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, over 12,000 students received their degrees this spring, a record for the university. The graduates were divided by yellow flags announcing their majors and walked to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance. President Jane Close Conoley spoke about the importance of change to the 2018 graduating class spurred by a break in tradition from the usual ceremony, which was held in the central quad. Conoley’s speech to the college of health and human services, Thursday, addressed ways to deal with change, stating that the lives of the graduating class will be different after the turn of the tassels. “First... set out the problem, invite ideas and solutions and finally offer a change that is clearly tied to solving a problem people care about,” Conoley said. “These steps

By | 2018-05-28T14:04:28+00:00 May 28, 2018 | 1:58 pm|Categories: Campus, Events, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Walk it out

At the dawn of every semester, when everything is overwhelming, and the syllabus looks never ending, I take a deep breath and picture one moment: a cap on my head, sash on my shoulders and diploma in my hand. That image reminds me no matter how difficult the next three months may be, it will all be worth it when I get to walk the line for graduation. That payoff is constantly motivating me throughout every semester. Anytime my schedule gets tight or final exams approach, I force myself to picture that moment. However, not everyone is keen for a pomp and circumstance affair. I’ve recently discovered that not everyone relies on that same thought for motivation. I was genuinely surprised when I discovered that some students don’t care to participate in the commencement ceremony. Thanks to one of my best friends, I learned that this is a real option for some students. She was getting closer to her final semester, and nonchalantly mentioned she wouldn’t be walking when her time at Cal State Long Beach was over.   “It isn’t my thing,” she said. But I was sure she would eventually change her mind. Since when did students not

By | 2018-05-21T13:24:12+00:00 May 21, 2018 | 1:24 pm|Categories: Opinions, Today|Tags: , |

Oh, the places you’ll go post-grad

While the line to pick up caps and gowns snaked through the Cal State Long Beach Bookstore, fear of life post-graduation began to sink in for me. “Holy hell, is this really happening?” was a thought for many, including myself. I’m graduating college, isn’t this supposed to be the best time of my life? As I’m sure most of you have experienced these same feelings, don’t worry, there’s so much more to life post-graduation. For most of us college graduates, we’ve been in school for most of our lives. The idea of leaving the safety of academic life to move on to a big person job and a salary? Equally terrifying and badass. The line loomed in front of me like a red carpet leading to the rest of my life, and I began to wonder. Did I do enough with my time here? Did I party enough, meet enough people? Did I take advantage of college life before having to be an adult? Will I even find a job in my major? I know I did the party thing right; I was in a sorority for crying out loud. I know I met enough people, because I have stuck

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