August 6, 2020
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 5:18 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 9:27 am Dash Wins a Cup, Possible Blueprint for New LA Franchise to Succeed
  • 10:41 am “We Asked for Orange Juice and Got a Glass of Tang:” CSUDH Faculty Sound Off on Alternative Ethnic Studies Requirement
  • 3:00 pm Task Force to Examine Anti-Blackness Primarily, but Not Exclusively
  • 8:00 am Late Pavon PK Eliminates Houston
  • 8:43 am Galaxy Tie Not Enough to Stay Alive in MLS Tourny
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By Maria Villa
Staff Writer
Living in the greater Palm Springs has its benefits, such as the weather, clean air and the terrific tourist shopping. But higher education is not one of them. Most four-year schools are in the greater Los Angeles Area.

So, as in my last semester at the local community college, College of the Desert, I was excited to transfer but wasn’t so thrilled by the options offered to continue my education.

As a journalism major, we don’t have closer options near home which leads many students who want to pursue journalism to have to move to the L.A area to continue their education. That meant that the schools I could continue my education were more than 100 miles away from where I lived.

Moving to the L.A area wasn’t an option for me since I didn’t know anyone there and I didn’t want to risk my job which gave good hours. Plus, the rent in the L.A area is too expensive to live on your own.

That’s why the Friday morning I received the big burgundy envelope containing an acceptance letter from California State University, Dominguez Hills was bittersweet. That moment was so special and exciting for my parents and I. But our rejoicing however, only lasted for a few minutes, as I soon realized it was 118 miles roundtrip from home.

But after talking it over with my parents, I decided to commute. My 2013 Toyota Corolla car was reliable and got good gas mileage.

My first day’s commuting was frustrating. I had to leave 2 ½ hours earlier just to get in time to my first class, and the freeways were packed, so I kept starting and stopping. At times, I merged into the carpool lane when there weren’t any cops driving by. I depended on my GPS most of the time since I didn’t know much of the L.A area. But there were times that I would get lost since I would focus on the road instead of the GPS and I missed the exits or got off on the wrong ones. My first months of commuting were so frustrating. There were times I felt like giving up and stop coming to CSUDH.

I still remember the first day in my media studies class, where we asked to introduce ourselves to our classmates. Many of the students complained about living in Orange County and the San Fernando Valley which, compared to my commute, didn’t seem far. I just rolled my eyes and thought, “those ungrateful people are exaggerating.”

But even though my drive has been exhausting and boring these past two years of my education at CSUDH, at least I did it, and I appreciate the opportunity that I got to continue with my education. I saved a lot of money this way rather than moving to L.A. It was an opportunity to stay close to my family. As the oldest of my six siblings, I want to inspire them that anything is possible, even if you must drive those extra miles for success.

In May 19, 2018, I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism. My hard work and dedication and the commuting I had to do just to get to CSUDH and earn a degree has finally paid off.

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