Category: Alumni Profiles

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​“Education plays a vital role in helping form and shape the future of a country.”

That seems like a reasonable statement for anyone to make, but CSULB alum Brenda Vasquez has had the unique experience of comparing and contrasting specific educational systems across three different countries.

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Anshu_600.jpg​When Climathon, a 24-hour global climate change challenge, came to Long Beach in October 2017, CSULB grad Anshu Pallav was more than ready to contribute. The annual event invites innovators in major cities worldwide to help humanity achieve zero fossil fuel emissions in the next 30 years. Having just earned his Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) degree, Pallav presented his idea for a local solution that stemmed directly from his experience in the program.

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​Everyone knows that a bad day can quickly improve with the appearance of a furry friend. Emotional support pets are appearing with increasing frequency, but where is the science to back up the necessity of these creature comforts?

Questions like that have been on the mind of Emily Craig, a 2018 graduate of CSULB’s Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) program. As a Senior Emergency Medical Specialist at the Riverside County Fire Department, she is well aware of the stress that results from the intense situations, sleep deprivation, and repetitive mental anguish that first responders often experience. Without positive methods of processing these experiences, firefighters can often fall prey to negative behaviors including drugs, alcohol, and even suicide.

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“I never had one day off for two years—work five days a week, many times very long hours, [then] all-day Saturday class, all-day Sunday homework and meeting with your team. It was exhausting—just like opening your own business!”

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“Studying abroad was the best decision of my life! I can’t say that enough.”

Those are the words of CSULB student Raychel Ruiz, who spent the first half of 2017 as an Education Abroad student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in Aarhus, Denmark. The oldest and largest educational institution that offers journalism courses in that country, DMJX ended up being a perfect fit for Ruiz—even if she didn’t quite know what she was getting into.

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Amy Lee remembers August 18th, 2013 as the day that changed her life. That’s when she came to the United States for the first time. She barely had time to register any culture shock before she arrived on campus at CSULB for orientation the next day. It was a whirlwind journey from her native South Korea, but she needed to get acclimated to her new home quickly. Fortunately, following a recommendation from a friend, CSULB’s American Language Institute (ALI) was there to welcome her.

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