By Joshua Aguilar | Staff Writer|
Life at CSUSB produces memories for students that last a lifetime.
The entire college experience is supposed to be some of the best years of our lives.
This time period is when we learn the most about ourselves and we start to grow into the people we want to be in the future.
We make memories that are both good and bad during our time here at CSUSB.
Some students have traveled to foreign countries to study abroad, some have made lifelong friends, some have spent many nights staying up until dawn studying for midterms or finals, and some partied until sunrise after final’s week.
The point is that no matter what we have been through in our time at CSUSB, we all have at least one memory that has changed or left a strong impression on us.
We learned to conquer fears, overcome obstacles, and take challenges head on and found success.
Some students can remember those days vividly and can even draw a picture of what happened.
Student Jeremy Sandoval. discussed and drew a quick sketch of his favorite memory.
“I drew myself speaking in front of class several times within communication studies,” said Sandoval.
“It’s one visual representation of me getting over my fear of public speaking,” continued Sandoval.
In the drawing from Sandoval, it depicts him being very nervous in front of his class, dripping sweat off his face and shaking body.
Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, is ranked 13 of the top 100 most common phobias, according to fearof.net.
Sandoval was able to overcome his fear, fortunately, and it became his favorite memory from CSUSB.
“I feel like it’s one of the things that people are going to use all the time,” said Sandoval.
“You’re always going to need the skill of learning how to get over your fear of speaking to people and this is one of the best ways to do it by jumping right into it,” concluded Sandoval.
Student Judith Romero, also chose a similar reason behind her favorite memory, which is related to trying something new, thanks to CSUSB.
“I basically tried drawing the rock wall at the gym. “This is my favorite memory because it’s the first time I decided to try something new,” said Romero.
“I decided to go on the rock wall and I realized I really like climbing. Now I do outside climbing, bouldering, I go down to Joshua Tree, and its something I have a passion for and I really enjoy,” continued Romero.
Romero’s decision to go out and try something she’s never done before led to more memories that have enhanced her overall college experience.
“At the rock wall I was able to meet new people that like the same things I do,” said Romero.
“Now I have new friends and we go out and do things we all enjoy,” added Romero.
Student Bryan Jimenez spoke about the trend of new experiences being a favorite memory about attending CSUSB.
“This is a picture of one of my first basketball intramural games,” said Jimenez. “This is one of the first games in which I first shot [the basketball] over someone and made it in.”
Jimenez chose this as his favorite memory because it showed how far he’s come in practicing basketball.
“It shows improvement because when I first started playing I was really bad,” said Jimenez.
“I got to a point where now I can actually contribute and do ‘work’ in the game and it shows that hard work leads to improvement, you can always better yourself,” concluded Jimenez.