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After spending her freshman year in Israel, Paige Stern wanted to attend college at a place close to home but still far enough away so that she could have some independence. Cal State Northridge turned out to be the perfect choice. One thing that helped Paige make a strong connection to Cal State Northridge was getting involved in New Student Orientation and its TAKE program. As a TAKE cast member, she performed in a series of skits designed to help freshmen work through issues they may face when transitioning into college. She calls TAKE one of the most impactful things she's done at school-it was a great way to share her unique experiences with others and make a real difference in people's lives.
Morro Bay High School
Area of study:
Psychology (B.A.) with a minor in Jewish Studies
School counseling, MFT
1. What types of things are you involved with outside of class?
In addition to my involvement in New Student Orientation and TAKE, I'm in a sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, where I've held a number of leadership positions.
2. Have you earned any awards or have any special achievements?
I've been on the Dean's List most of my semesters and have been invited to be part of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honors fraternity.
3. What do you like to do in your free time-on and off campus?
I like hanging out, cooking with friends. I like any type of outdoor activity-going to the beach (Zuma), hiking, bike riding, camping. We once went beach camping-it was awesome!
4. What's the best thing about being a student at Cal State Northridge?
I like that there's always something to do on campus, something to join, always some way to help. There's a good community here. If you put yourself into the mix of it all, there's something to be found out there-I don't feel like it's a commuter school.
5. Do you have a favorite professor?
The professors in the Psychology Department are really willing to help you, to put themselves out there to help you succeed. They've been really helpful when I've been struggling, and when I've succeeded they've been really excited.
6. What's the most valuable thing you've learned so far?
Don't be afraid to ask for help when it comes to your personal life or your career. If you're struggling, there's somebody there who wants to help you, whether it's a fellow student, a professor, or staff.
7. What do you look forward to most upon graduation? What will you miss?
I'm looking forward to being able to pursue my future goals and continuing on to graduate school with the preparation I got at Cal State Northridge. But I'll miss the security of being at school and the amazing people I've met here.
8. What advice would you give to incoming students?
Don't be afraid to get involved because it helps you network and socialize. Talk to people in class. Don't be afraid of the people on campus handing out flyers for clubs-it might be something you want to get involved in!