Cal State LA: Inside Look

  • Claire, 19, Electrical Engineering
  • John, 26, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship
  • Sandra, 28, TV, Film and Media Studies
  • Brittany, 19, Urban Learning
  • Justin, 20, Nursing
  • Brenda, 33, Chicano Studies and Sociology
Claire, 19
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Claire's inside look

I took my first college classes after eighth grade, so when I was 13. And I started full time here when I was 15.

I first heard about its Early Entrance Program, and so that's kind of what drew me to Cal State L.A. I met some of the students before, before attending full time. They seemed really intelligent, but fun people, so I thought I could be a part of it.

You know, when I was thinking about choosing a major, I always knew that I wanted to do something more related to math and science. I didn't think that the pure math or science was for me. So I went for something more applied.

In our last year here, we, the seniors in electrical engineering, actually in several engineering disciplines, participate in a senior design project. So, we get some, you know, hands-on work.

The team projects in our classes have helped because out in what you call "the real world" they always work in teams, so that has been a good experience.

Ever since I was little, I've liked to run. And I had a good experience and that was one thing in high school that I didn't want to let go of.

I guess I like the camaraderie of being on a team on those long runs where you get to talk to your friends and it just, it feels good. You get that, I guess what you call, the runners' high.

Honestly, I didn't have a lot of expectations coming in. I was just like I'm going to go for it; I'm going to do this. And we'll see … I was just going to let Cal State L.A. surprise me with whatever it had to offer.

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Claire, 19

Hometown: Torrance, CA

Class Year: Senior

Major: Electrical Engineering

College: Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Interests: CSULA Early Entrance Program, shopping, religion, member of the cross country and track and field teams, member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology student council

"I really like the small class sizes and the professors are very willing to help...In other universities, you might not get as much attention from the faculty members as you get here."

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