September 24, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 7:49 pm CSUDH offers qualified students free laptops
  • 1:17 pm Peaches, Peaches, Peaches
  • 1:14 pm Bonner Crowned: The Fearless Leader
  • 1:10 pm A Legacy Defined: Cilecia Foster
  • 1:03 pm The Toros Sweep Stanislaus State, Start CCAA Championships 

Graduation is around the corner. For some students that means reflecting on their time at CSUDH. Photo Courtesy of Evan Martinez.

By Aliyah Brown Staff Reporter

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has played an important role in the education of students in Southern California for many years. By looking at the experiences of CSUDH graduates and students, we gain valuable insights into the college experience and how it impacts personal growth and career development. To better understand the mark these past years have left on them we asked students about the challenges and opportunities that they faced and how they might approach their education differently if given the chance.

Saida Maalin, a journalism and transfer student, had her time at CSUDH limited. However, she utilized the resources presented to her and made the most of her time.  

“I would have joined different clubs to connect more on campus,” Maalin said in regard to what she would do differently. “I would also have taken more Advertising and Public Relations (AD and PR) classes and maybe minored in AD and PR. After taking a class or two I found them to be really interesting and could see myself utilizing the skills in my multimedia journalism career.”

Yet, she still feels she was able to truly enjoy herself at CSUDH and thanked all of the communication staff for educating and making her feel more confident in her ability to achieve her goals. One thing that Saida will be taking with her is a quote from Dr. Brant Burkey, “We don’t always have to have things figured out. Sometimes we should go with the flow, and sometimes our plans may not work out but it will still all be okay.” 

Maalin intends to pursue a career as a freelance writer and has aspirations of pursuing graduate studies abroad. 

As for what he would do differently,  journalism major, Jarmiah Gerges, would have chosen to dorm instead of commute. He explained that his college experience was a bit constrained due to his residing with his parents. One thing that stuck out to him was the age range of individuals during their college years which posed a greater challenge than the academic workload. 

If he could do it again, Gerges would have prioritized his mental well-being.  Even with the challenges he faced during his time at CSUDH, he was able to familiarize himself with the campus prior to enrollment to ensure a smooth transition and a successful academic career.

Gerges intends to take a brief hiatus before embarking on a career pursuit outside of his field of study. 

“Given the opportunity to revisit my college experience at Dominguez, I would prioritize greater involvement in school clubs and extracurricular activities,” Tierra Booth, a journalism student at CSUDH, said. As a transfer student, she encountered some challenges in establishing social connections and suggested that engaging in school-related activities could have potentially enhanced her overall college experience. 

Booth said her lack of knowledge regarding the various services offered at CSUDH was her weakness. Nonetheless, she used their existing knowledge by taking advantage of the resources offered at the Women’s Resource Center and the Rose Black Resource Center.

She intends to seek employment with either a lifestyle, entertainment or fashion publication. 

Catherine Garcia, also a journalism major, says if she were to have the opportunity to repeat her college experience, she would choose to reside on campus for a minimum of one year. This decision would have provided her with better accessibility to participate in various clubs and organizations. 

Additionally, she would have explored more information on abroad studies. Having participated in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at CSUDH, Garcia feels gratitude toward the program citing that her involvement as a first-generation Latina allowed for valuable networking opportunities for students. 

“All of these opportunities that I have had at CSUDH have been proven to be unexpectedly beneficial,” she said. 

Garcia was also involved in the podcast broadcasted with the KDHR Radio Station, LOUD BUZZ, an opportunity that allowed her to fully enjoy her time at CSUDH. She is open to whatever opportunities come her way. 

As a graduating student at CSUDH myself, reflecting on the experiences of my peers has been an important part of my college journey. Their thoughts and experiences have helped me understand the obstacles and possibilities of higher education and how CSUDH has uniquely shaped our personal and professional progress. I believe that this exploration of our college experiences can be a powerful tool for future students and the university as a whole and wish nothing but luck to future Toros. 


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