Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University


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Recent Reviews

Olivia
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I have only completed my first semester in college, and still learning some stuff myself. The only advice I can give you is to log meetings in your phone, on your calender on the wall, on your computer, everywhere. We both know how forgetfull you are, and mom wont be there to remind you to take care of things. Even though you can get yourself out of any situation, it would be better to just avoid them. You are going to be fine your first semester. Have fun.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known about the schools diversity. There is hardly any diversity at all, I dont like that aspect.

Courtney
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Sonoma State is small and consists of predominantly white and mostly females. I wish there was more diversity, but consider...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Sonoma State is small and consists of predominantly white and mostly females. I wish there was more diversity, but considering the diversity it has, Sonoma State tries to incorporate every race and off education about all aspects of life.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give myself a few words of wisdom. First, I would advise myself to take a deeper look into the scholarships I apply to. While in high school I did not feel like taking the time and energy to submit any scholarships whatsoever. Looking back I regret this decision because I am struggling financially and wish I applied myself more in order to get the most help possible. I also would advise myself to not get too caught up in the social aspect of college. Yes, having a social life is important, but it is not everything. I am happy with my GPA so far (3.1), but I am not 100% satisfied. I think if I focus and apply myself more, I will be able to accomplish more with my education at Sonoma State University.

What's unique about your campus?

I like the small size and type of people that attend Sonoma State. The people are very personable and friendly. the faculty and staff is also helpful in nearly every situation and their main focus is giving us the best education they are capable of. I also enjoy the seminars and speakers SSU has come to the campus.

Sabie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear high school-self, I am your future-self writing to warn you about some things that could change your future. I know tha...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear high school-self, I am your future-self writing to warn you about some things that could change your future. I know that choosing a college can be difficult, but by looking at a few things the applictaion proccess will be alot easier. Some things that I wish I'd thought about are the level of academics, the location, and cost. Go to a school where you know you will still feel challenged by the academics but not overworked. Think about the time you want for other things such as a job, friends, or hobbys. What kind of school fits you? As for location think about environment you want to be in. Do you want to be in a city or the country? Think about things that the surrounding town has to offer. Afterall, this is where you will be spending your next 4 years! As for cost think about what fits your budget. What kind of scholarship and financial aid oppurtunities are there? Just know that you cannot make a wrong choice. Whatever college you choose, wether you end up staying or transfering, you will be learning something about yourself. It's all about the journey!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The location it is in would have to be the worst thing. It's not bad, it's just alot different from what I'm used to. Coming from a rural area with lots of outside things to do it's hard for me to live in Rohnert Park. I wish there were more things to do for people who don't have cars. It is a very nice town, just a little too suburban for me.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

What I love the most about SSU is the people and the campus. The people are very friendly and there's a place for every type of person to fit in. I have made some of the best friends here and love hanging out with them. The campus is also gorgeous. It's small enough where you can get to your classes easily but also has lots of hang out areas. The duck pond is my favorite place to go. It's always quiet and relaxing and is a nice place to enjoy time off or even study.

Reyna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The transition to college involves many aspects, and one that I wish I had more advice on before I moved is friends. I was to...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The transition to college involves many aspects, and one that I wish I had more advice on before I moved is friends. I was told that there would be so many people experiencing the same things I was that friendships would just happen naturally. In my suite, I live with five other female freshman. But they soon became a pair and a trio--I was the odd one out. Very few people told me that being best friends with the people I lived with didn't matter. I felt as though I had to be close to them because I was close in living space and it would make things more fun. By trying to become their friend I always felt like an unwanted burden; we are all different people and our personalities aren't compatible for a close relationship. When I found friends that accepted me for who I am and stopped trying to be with my suitemates, things got better. There are hundreds of strangers in college, there are bound to be people who I can be myself around. College is about choices, and choosing the right friends can have a profound impact on the overall college experience.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who should not attend Sonoma State University would be a person who loves city life. SSU is in a very small, quiet town and is surrounded by more small towns. SSU has strict rules concerning the dorms so people who are used to getting away with things will have to adjust. People with severe allergies might not want to go here because the campus is full of beautiful flowers and trees; which are problematic during fall and spring.

Theresa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

my school is small and student oriented. The students and faculty are friendly and come to feel like family. The classes, in ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

my school is small and student oriented. The students and faculty are friendly and come to feel like family. The classes, in the psychology department are engaging, interesting and interactive. I love it here! The school grounds are pretty and there is always something fun going on and if you want to find something to do, there are tons of opportunities on campus and in the surrounding communities. SSU is about 30-45 minutes from San Francisco, the beach and almost everything. There is great transportation too. I am proud to be graduating from SSU. It s a great school!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself that as much as I dreamed of marriage and children, the best gift that I could give myself and my future children would be to first learn how to be a successful, autonomous person. By learning this, I would learn what it takes to participate in healthy, functional relationships as well as become a healthy role model for my children. I w ould encourage myself to take those psychology courses that I have now taken, and only wish that I had them years ago. I would encourage my young self to really soul-search to find out what I really dream of doing with my life and to pursue that with every ounce of strength within me, as I now doing years later. I would tell myself to be brave and take a chance on myself and to know that I was smarter than I realized but that although I lacked confidence or encouragement, this would come as I follow my dream to become the woman that I always dreamed I could be. I would tell myself to believe in myself and go for it because I definitely will make a profound difference in the world

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school tends to attract open-minded individuals who are interested in learning beyond any scope of life they may have previously encountered in life with their family and friends. You are exposed to very liberal views which prepare one for the diverse types of individuals one will find herself working with in life. There is a wide array of spritual exposure that is not your mother or father's religion but as an adult, you are presented with a plethora of options, from which you are never forced to decide upon, just look at with an open mind.

Jamila
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that college is not as hard and sc...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself that college is not as hard and scary as it seems. I was afraid to leave home because I was leaving behind my friends, family, and identity. Once i moved to Sonoma State, I got really homesick and wanted to move back home. But with the help of the friends that I made, I decided to stay and I finally felt like I found a home. Although you may think that college is all about school, it is also about making lifelong friends and succeeding. You don't really realize the importance of friendship until you are out on your own and away from your family. Another thing I would tell myself is to be more outgoing and learn how to manage my time better. Even though college is easier than high school because the flexible schedules, it is important to make sure you make a schedule and stick to it because it is so easy to fall behind. Lastly, I would tell myself that even though you're going away, you're best friends won't forget about you.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school would have to be the teachers. Due to the smaller class sizes, it is easier for students to form relationships with their professors. I have learned that forming relationships with your professors makes it easier to succeed in class because if you are friends with your teachers, it is easier for you to ask for help when you need it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Sonoma State University would have to be the budget cuts. Due to the budget cuts the amount of classes offered are limited and there are campus closures and furlough days throughout the semester. This makes it difficult to graduate in 4 years. The furlough days make classes more challenging because it is up to the students to teach themselves to make up for days off that teachers are forced to take periodically.

Julia
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Many students celebrate their transition to college life as a step toward independence. They no longer have Mom and Dad look...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Many students celebrate their transition to college life as a step toward independence. They no longer have Mom and Dad looking over their shoulder to make sure that assignments are completed on time or that they are in bed by a certain hour. They can make their own decisions, and they relish the fact that they don't have to report to anyone but themselves. At the same time though, they may not count on the fact that there are consequences for their actions. If their assignments aren't done on time, they receive a bad grade. If they don't get enough hours of sleep, they can't concentrate the next day and miss some of the important information they are given in lectures. They also might not count on the fact that homesickness can set in, affecting their performance. Knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, I would tell myself to keep up the good work because you will benefit from it eventually. Also, even though your parents may seem overbearing at times, they are really looking out for you. And, remember, you only get one set of parents -- cherish them.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Interestingly enough, the food is the worst thing, and it isn't even all that bad! I mean, it's not Mom's home cooking, but it will tide you over during the semester.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you are a slacker, don't even think about it! This school has high expectations for their students, and they reward those students who work hard and do well.

Matthias
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give is not to take advantage of the freedom and be prepared for a larger amount of responsibilites.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give is not to take advantage of the freedom and be prepared for a larger amount of responsibilites.

What's unique about your campus?

I consider the class sizes, surrounding area, dorms, environmental awareness and technology aspects of Sonoma State to be the best things.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I consider the lack of diversity the worst thing.

Destinie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships because It has gotten really hard for me and my mom to pay for college esp...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to apply for more scholarships because It has gotten really hard for me and my mom to pay for college especially after my brother's spine has gotten so messed up. He now has to go to the doctors a lot and is on a lot of differnet medications. If I would have applied for more scholarships it would be easier to pay for everything and I would not need to work as much to help pay my way through college. Because, I need to work so much it leaves less time for me to do my homework. This means that my grades are not as good as they could be and that I am not taking as many classes as I possibly could. I wish I would have known that I would be in this position when I was a high school senior so that I could have planned better.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about this school in my opinion is the one on one personal time you get with your teachers. I like the fact that all of my teachers know my first name. I do not need to feel strange or like im impeding when I go talk to any of my teachers. They always have time to talk with me if I have questions about the material covered in class.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person that would be best suited for this school is someone that does not want a huge school with over populated classrooms. They should also want that personal one on one time with their teachers.

Heather
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Sonoma State University is smaller compared to others. This gives the advantage of having one on one time with professors. I...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Sonoma State University is smaller compared to others. This gives the advantage of having one on one time with professors. In my experience, I was failing my exams. I needed help, and was able to have the time with my professor to go over what I needed to improve and to succeed on my final two exams. The time he spent with me included two hours out of his day that did not include office hours. I did succeed in my last two exams and received an A in the class. The opportunity to have this time was unique.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going back in time, I would tell myself what my biggest struggle was academically, because socially and overall, academics was the main concern. My main problem in transitioning to a freshman in college was the amount of time it took to study. I was an A student in high school, I thought I knew how to study, but I soon discovered it could take me eight days to study for an exam that was not a midterm or a final. High school teachers tell you all the time they are preparing you for college, that is where they are mistaken to a certain point. They prepare us for college in the little things by giving scenarios or projects, telling us that this would be what we had to do in college. What they do not prepare us for is the amount of work we would have. Looking back at high school it seems very simple.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Their is a variety of courses and departments, so it is open to everyone. However, Sonoma State University is a student oriented facility, focusing its attention on the community on and off campus. Sonoma State University is not a party school, it requires work, and semi high academics to succeed in any department. A lot of clubs, organizations, and buildings are student run, with only supervision of faculty. This focuses much on leadership and involvement. If a person is not willing to give extra time to the campus they live on, it may not be a wise decision.

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