August 10, 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
  • 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
  • 2:00 pm A Feeling That Can Be Described With One Word, Finally
  • 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
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By Kelsey Reichmann

I didn’t aspire to attend CSUDH. In all honesty, I was upset that I had to go here. And then something clicked. I realized that while literally no one I knew even knew CSUDH existed, it had more opportunity for me than I would have ever received at a school like UCLA.

Someone asked me recently why I didn’t go to UCLA because a degree from there would “follow me anywhere.” And for the first time, my answer wasn’t strictly related to the exorbitant price tag or the high GPA/SAT score required to receive admission.

I didn’t go to UCLA because I didn’t want to be at a research-based university. I like being at a teaching university where education is more driven towards real-world experience.

I didn’t go to UCLA because I didn’t want to be taught by a graduate student in a class of 300 students. I wanted one-on-one mentorship from professors who have been in the field and want to share their knowledge and experience.

I didn’t go to UCLA because it wasn’t the best university for me.

People, especially high school seniors deciding on colleges, are drawn by an innate need to fit in and be cool. They rarely focus on what’s actually best for them.

At CSUDH, I completed research with a professor that I presented at Student Research Day. I spent two semesters on the student-run publication, The Bulletin. I spent the first semester as managing editor and this semester as editor-in-chief. This summer I will take part in the DC Scholar program where I get to spend a semester in DC completing an internship, and will also be graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in journalism and a minor in photography.

However, these things weren’t just handed to me. I worked my ass off to make sure that I took every opportunity before I graduated from this university.

If you have ever been in a class with me, you know that it is rare that one goes by where I don’t have at least a few questions or comments. I am not the student who sits quietly in the back of the room.

As editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, I made it my mission to move away from writing fluff pieces and take on big issues that seriously impact this university. I interviewed countless administration officials and faculty at this university. I even had the opportunity to interview and face criticism from our university president.

The point of telling you this isn’t to make you feel bad that you didn’t try harder or that I think I am better than everyone, but it’s because I see something missing from many of my peers: Passion.

I didn’t work hard because I wanted a high GPA or recognition from my professors and peers, it was because I am genuinely passionate about what I do and who I want to be.

While I possessed that passion before I came to this university, I truly believe that my experience here helped me cultivate that into a career. Moreover, I feel as though the professors at this university took extra time to actually teach me not just to get A’s in their classes, but learn something that I could take with me into their post-college career.

I decided to write a three-part series on the faculty at this university because I truly believe the professors who I interacted with changed my life and that’s really what college is about.

The professors at CSUDH care. They don’t teach at CSUDH because this is a prestigious Ivy League school because it isn’t. They don’t teach at CSUDH because the university offers the most grant money for research. CSUDH professors are here because they genuinely want to share their knowledge for the benefit of their students.

My wish is that more students would truly appreciate them and actually engage with them. While they can give you all the information and opportunities, they can’t make you take them. Students need to stop thinking of their professors as giving them homework, tests, and quizzes to punish them and start thinking of professors as people trying to change their lives.

So if you ask me, I think my education at CSUDH has been more than worth all the money, stress, and tears because I came out on the other side knowing exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life and with the tools to be able to get me there.



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