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Always an Adventure at California State Universities

They say college is the best four years of your life, and students at California state universities are trying to live up to the hype. Take a look at some super students, unique programs, and cool digs at some California colleges and universities. Then start your research to find the college that's right for you!

Road Trippin'
Sure, it's a great experience to attend California state universities, but students at Ohlone College (Fremont), who were recently profiled in the school's student paper, The Monitor, are really making the most out of their college years, both in and out of the classroom.

Take Ohlone student Jumoke Hill, who auditioned for "American Idol" in San Francisco last August. Although he sailed through the first and second round of competition, he did not make it to the Hollywood round. Lucky for him, it was a great learning experience. He's currently working on a CD and often performs on campus and other Bay Area spots.

Then there's Corie Howell, who conquered a 600-mile bike ride to help benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She raised $2,500 and rode from San Francisco to L.A., all while maintaining her studies.

Speaking of long treks, Hudson Asiema, born deaf, came from halfway around the world from Kenya, for the opportunity to study at Ohlone, since Kenyan colleges do not provide any support for deaf students. He is among many international deaf students at the school.

Ears-On Learning
Mickey ears, that is! When students attend universities in California, the entertainment mecca becomes their classroom. Such is the case for Woodbury University (San Diego) students working in the school's interdisciplinary design studio to create concepts for Disney rides, attractions, hotels, or a theme park "land." The Imagi-Nations project has garnered attention in the Chronicle of Higher Education, because of the unique way different disciplines come together on large-scale projects. For instance, an architecture student might design a restaurant, while a fashion student might design uniforms for the restaurant's staff.

Add to that lectures by Disney Imagineering employees and trips to Disney theme parks, and it's no wonder why Woodbury students are having a magical learning experience.

Cool Digs
A fitness center, hot tub, private pool, mini-theater, outdoor grill ... sound good? Then check out University of California, Irvine's newest residence hall, Vista del Campo. All studying and no play makes a very stressed student, you know.

That mantra stands in the dorms of Occidental College (Los Angeles) as well, as students participate in weekly residence hall get-togethers called "hall spreads." Students enjoy food, play games, take in a movie, or discuss issues related to their hall or to the College. Volunteer chefs are known to dole out treats, including giant banana splits. Similar activities occur at many California state universities.

Intrigued about the offerings at California universities? Take that excitement into your college research and find out everything you can about prospective schools. Remember, your college experience is what you make of it, so find your niche and you'll have an adventure!

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