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Marissa Baumann, Program Coordinator

Marissa Baumann, Program Coordinator

Marissa has been at CSU East Bay since 2013. She is passionate about supporting students to gain the skills they need to be successful in college. She may be a little biased, but she thinks she has one of the best student teams on campus and she's confident that if students commit to the support, they will improve their academics.

Dani, Program Admin Lead

What's your Major? Liberal Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education

Where are you from? Bakersfield, CA 

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 
I wish I knew as a freshman was all the endless resources we have like PAC, AACE, and the Health Center. I also wish I would've known housing students can get a meal exchange just about every day. 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don't be afraid to ask for help, to be yourself, and be accepting of all changes that could come. 

Mary, Program Admin Lead

What's your Major? Nursing

Where are you from? Hayward, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew how fast classes would go. Last year we were on quarter system so you really had to be on top of all of the class work. Even though we are now on semester system, it still is moving pretty fast even though it feels like we have a bunch of time.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don't get intimidated by the professors! Going to office hours is a great way to get help and get to know the professor. Usually they are more friendly in office hour and can help you one on one. Some even give hints to what will be on future exams and how you should approach studying for their class.

Lead Coaching Staff

AJ, Coaching & Development

What's your Major? Sociology

Where are you from? Seattle, WA 

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew getting involved earlier would actually be beneficial. I feel like with my active involvement on campus, I have a great community from different backgrounds that support and love me! 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
It's okay to ask for help. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, it is something that is necessary in order for all of us to grow and reach our fullest potential. 

Ann, Special Projects & Collaborations

What's your Major? Nursing

Where are you from? Oakland, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
You have to prioritize way more than expected. This meant having to give up or cut down certain things I really love in order to achieve academic and life goals.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
I strongly recommend reaching out to professors.Ask questions during class, go to office hours, or email them often. It helps you do well in class, and also develops important communication skills in terms of getting feedback, help, or advice in an academic and even a work setting.

Bri, Coaching

What's your Major? English B.A. with concentration in Language and Literacies

Where are you from? Lompoc, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
Professors aren’t mean and scary, they’re actually really nice and they want to help their students. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help the first time, but it gets so much easier the more you do it. I would’ve asked my professors for help more often if I knew that back then. 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Check your Blackboard and Horizon email often, they’re extra important now that we’re doing mostly remote learning. It’s super easy to fall behind or forget things, so keeping up on what’s due is super important. Then you can carry those skills throughout all your years at East Bay (and in the case of being on top of emails, life)!

Gabby, Outreach & Recruitment

What's your Major? Nursing

Where are you from? Castro Valley, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I’d wish I’d known was how important my mental health was! I feel like as a freshman, many students just try to focus on school, and it’s easy to forget to take some time for yourself. Your education is always important, but taking care of yourself if the most important thing there is!

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors! I think a lot of students get intimidated by the idea of office hours, or think they’ll be judged if they reach out for some extra help. Trust me, your professors are there to help you and they love to hear from their students!

Leanne, Community

What's your Major? Pyschology

Where are you from? Union City, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I had taken more advantage of the resources here on campus. There are so many resources available on campus that would have made my freshman year easier.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don't be too hard on yourself and try not to be too much in your head. It's okay to put your own well-being as your number one priority even when you feel as if you're not doing enough. It'll help in the long run. 

Mia, Social Media & Campus Connections

What's your Major? Pre-Nursing

Where are you from? Sacramento, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I would've known or reminded myself more of as a freshman is to believe in yourself and your abilities. As cliche as it may sound, it is extremely important to not give up on yourself. You alone are responsible for your success, so the second you give up or doubt your ability to achieve your goals is a setback to being successful and a disservice to yourself overall. 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Take advantage of all the resources provided to students! There are plenty of resources to support student success; all you need to do is seek it for yourself.

Rebecca, Coaching & Development

What's your Major? Health Sciences, Public Health

Where are you from? Hayward, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I would've known how important it is to take a break from studying and to take time for yourself. As a pre-nursing major I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself and put much of my focus on studying. Find an outlet that helps you distress and find a balance between school and fun.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don't be afraid to seek out help! Whether it be in regards to academics, campus life, or mental health, sometimes students find difficulty reaching out for fear of judgement. No one is here to judge you because it is our job to help you find the resources you need!

Roxy, Outreach & Recruitment

What's your Major? Nursing

Where are you from? Castro Valley, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew how to manage my time better, because I took a lot of classes while working. So it was hard for me to find time for myself.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Don't take on more than you can handle! You need to be able to balance school, work, and time for relaxing. So don't be afraid to say "no" to something that will cause you extra stress.

Santiago, Community

What's your Major? Psychology

Where are you from? I'm from Michoacan Mexico

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew how important it is to talk with your major and GE counselor to make sure you are on the right path to graduating on the time you wanna graduate.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Use as many of the pre paid resources that the school offers towards all students for example the therapy sessions in the clinic, the library, AACE advising, math lab, etc. 

Sasha, Community

What's your Major? Psychology

Where are you from? Moreno Valley, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I had known more about clubs, and branched out. In college it can be very hard to make friends, but the ones you do make will be amazing! 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
If you truly believe in something, or want something for yourself, go for it! We only have so much time, use every second to the fullest.

Suleima, Special & Collaborations

What's your Major? Biology

Where are you from? Lodi, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew as a freshman that its important to meet and connect with your major professor because they'll usually try to help you with your college career.

Tyler, Coaching

What's your Major? Psychology, BA

Where are you from? Newark, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew more about the resources on campus. Finals week can be a stressful time for any student, so I wish I could have used the SCAA more to my advantage. 

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
My best advice is to participate in a lot of the extracurricular activities on campus, join clubs, and to not be afraid to build new connections. One simple "hello" can lead to years of a great friendship. Try to put yourself out there and great things will come.

Vanessa, Coaching & Development

What's your Major? 
Health Science with a concentration in Public Health

Where are you from? 
I was born in the Bay but have lived most of my life in Elk Grove, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I had known as a freshman was to build a strong support system and friendships because there will be rough patches.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
One piece of advice I would give to a CSUEB student is to not be afraid of asking questions- there is always someone willing to help you here. 

Transfer Staff

Alyssa

What's your Major? Business Administration - Focus in Accounting

Where are you from? Livermore, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 

Something I wish I knew as a freshman from a community college was how to leverage my abilities and academics to succeed at filling out scholarship applications. I learned how to do it all by myself and have been the recipient of over 6 scholarships.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Take advantage of the time you have and live life to the fullest before leaving college. Don't miss out on activities that you might regret later down the line!

Jessica

What's your Major? English

Where are you from? Union City, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 

As a transfer student, I wish I would’ve known that East Bay offers an extensive selection of Academic Advising for transfer students.

What's a piece of advice you'd give? 

My advice to students is to reach out to advisors on Bay Advisor to make sure they are on track with their classes

 

Coaching Staff

Amrita

What's your Major?

Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Teaching Preparation

Where are you from? Modesto, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 

I wish I knew that it was okay to ask for help and work with others instead of tackling everything by myself.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Some of the best things in life are on the other side of fear. Sometimes we have to do things even when we're scared in order to grow. Keep pushing. We have to go through the bad to get to the good.

Chloe

What's your Major? Pre-nursing

Where are you from? Elk Grove

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

Setbacks should not be seen as fails, but as an opportunity to be better for next time.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

When you get lost just go with the flow until what you lost has found you.

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Destiny

What's your Major? Sociology

Where are you from? Hayward, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 
One thing I wish I knew as a freshman coming into East Bay is just how welcoming and helpful East Bay is. I am a first-generation student and knew next to nothing about what to expect college to be like and basically came into my first year here blind. I just wish I realized sooner how much East Bay wants you to succeed.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
We have so many resources to do just that it's crazy and I only wish that I utilized them sooner. I was too stubborn to admit I didn't know what I was doing, but once I did ask for help/advice on what to do, it changed the game for me. 

Graciela

What's your Major? 

Ethnic Studies with a concentration in genders and sexualities in communities of color.

Where are you from? 

Richmond, CA 

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 

I wish I would have known about the amazing community that surround me.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Give it your all and never give up on your dreams.

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Jenni

What's your Major? Psychology

Where are you from? San Lorenzo, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
In high school I was made to feel terrified of college, but it isn’t bad at all if you
know how to manage your time, plan accordingly, and keep track of what
you have to do.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Make sure to keep track of assignments and important dates. It’s so easy to get
lost while we are doing online learning. Also, ask questions or for
help! Professors want to see you succeed so if you have a question
there’s no harm in asking!

Julieta

What's your Major?

Undeclared Interest in Nursing

Where are you from? Hayward, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

One thing I wish I knew as a freshman is that time for yourself is NOT time "wasted." I often felt "unproductive" when I would take some time to watch a movie, take a nap, or go out with friends during the academic year. However, the moment you begin to understand that the time you give yourself is time INVESTED in yourself, you begin to grow. In order to go about your life and your studies, you must take care of yourself.

Another thing I wish I knew as a freshman is that YOU DEFINE YOUR "SUCCESS."
If "success" for your academic and/or personal life is defined by numbers, by letters, by knowledge, by emotions, or by your set guidelines or goals- that is VALID.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Love who you are while you work on who you want to be.

Kathleen

What's your Major?

Biological Science- Concentration in Forensic Science

Where are you from? South California

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

I wish that I would have known that the professor office hours are there for a reason. It could be for asking help on assignments, but most importantly they are there to build those connections with the professor because they help to make job connections, obtain internship opportunities, and get recommendation letters by showing to them that you are actually interested in their class.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

One piece of advice I would give is making those connections/relationships with peers or professors in college can be intimidating, but they are extremely helpful and important.

Kindra

What's your Major?

English with a concentration in English Language and Literacies

Where are you from? Hawthorne, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

I wish I would of taken more advantage of the resources on campus!

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

If you are struggling academically please go seek help immediately! Don't be afraid to reach out to your professors and advisor. Take advantage of the resources that CSUEB has to offer!

Liesha

What's your Major?

Undeclared - Interested in Nursing

Where are you from? San Diego, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

I wish I knew to take it easy at times. We tend to stress ourselves out when first getting into college and for any manjor chahand sometimes you need to to take the time to yourself and go with the flow.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Enjoy the work that you do. If you don't enjoy your career, its going to reflect in your work. Try to find a career path that you love learning about, and if you can't, find one thing you love about the work you are doing.

Linda

What's your Major? Psychology with a minor in Spanish

Where are you from? Fresno, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I had known as a freshman was how much resources were available for me to use if I ever needed help in a class.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
One piece of advice I would give to a CSUEB student is to not be afraid to make new friends on campus and not to be afraid to reach out to your professors because they are always willing to help in anyways that they can. 

Lulu

What's your Major?

Human Development - Early Childhood Development

Where are you from? Riverdale, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

One thing I wish I would have know as a freshman at CSUEB would be how much I would miss home and all of the home cooked meals. I would have also like to know about the wide variety of resources that are available not only for the academic side but also what is available to minorities.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

One piece of advice I would give is never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Doing that will show you how many opportunities there is out there for you. Always go for it without questioning your decision especially in this new chapter of life.

Maryam

What's your Major? Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cell and Molecular

Where are you from? Tracy, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB? 

I wish I would've known how welcoming and approachable the campus community was early on. Most incoming first-years may come to college with an intimidated mindset from outside influences, but in reality there's nothing to be worried about. East Bay wants you to succeed, and helps you with just that through the diversity of great individuals, and other such resources on campus :)

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Throughout your hard work, patience, and persistence - to follow you heart, even if it means that you will be putting yourself in a position that you would have never imagined yourself to be in before. Who knows? - That one time chance could lead you towards an array of great rewards that can benefit you in the future.

Maryknoll

What's your Major? Nursing

Where are you from? Union City, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew how important it was to take things in moderation. Studying too much or spending a lot of time in extra curricular is never a good idea. Balancing your social and academic life will be a challenge and will continue to be until you acknowledge and respect your own limits and boundaries.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Plant relations with everyone you come into contact with. Especially your peers as they're in the same boat as you and of course your professors. You'll be so glad and thankful that you did!

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Michael

What's your Major? Political Science

Where are you from? Inglewood, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I known as a Freshman was how hot it could get at this school so bring a fan for your dorm.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Reach out and communicate with the community that surrounds you. They will open doors for you that you would have never known otherwise.  

Sannah

What's your Major? Undeclared - interest in nursing

Where are you from? Brentwood, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

I wish I had known how many people are really here to help at East Bay. If I could've I would've written down my questions and finding out who to ask is as simple as asking around. It would've seemed so intimidating to me as a freshman but looking back I believe it would've helped me understand my major as well as my coursework much better.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Reach out to your PAC! If not, then reach out to your professors and if not your professors then to the people in your class. Making connections may not seem valuable at the moment but they do come in clutch in times of struggle and in times of general academic need.

Sara

What's your Major? Fine Arts

Where are you from? Los Angeles, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

Something I wish I had known as a freshman at CSUEB is the number of different resources that are provided to students.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Some piece of advice I would give is to stay true to yourself and live presently.

Stephanie B

What's your Major? Business Administration

Where are you from? Central Valley

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?

Help is all around campus, go out and try to see what can help you feel involved!

What's a piece of advice you'd give?

Don't be so hard on yourself when things go wrong, learn from those mistakes and grow. No losses, just lessons.

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Stephanie S

What's your Major? Biological Science with a concentration in Physiology

Where are you from? Hayward, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
As a freshman, I was anxious to adjust into a new environment but there are many helpful resources on and off campus that can be used to your advantage. Meeting people and doing your own research will provide more opportunities for your own success.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
It's okay to take your time, whether that be taking a break or challenging yourself to new things :) 

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Tubs

What's your Major? Health Science

Where are you from? Daly City/South San Francisco, CA

What's one thing you wish you had known as a freshman at CSUEB?
I wish I knew more about the environment for those who live on campus. I commute almost an hour to campus and it was hard for me to connect to those who dormed or lived nearby. If I'd known more about the dorming life and environment it would have been easier for me to make more friends.

What's a piece of advice you'd give?
Find clubs or organizations that connect to you because you will meet a TON of amazing people who are also into the same things as you are! Getting involved allows you to make more friends and make a lot of memories.