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   @State Student Welcome Message

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Whether you are stepping on campus for the first time or returning, I would like to extend a welcome to all students as we open the 2017-2018 academic year.

You are part of an extended – and growing – family and powerful network of Aztecs who are making positive changes for individuals and communities on campus and around the world.

For example, students running the Aztec Dance Marathon raised nearly $85,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego earlier this year.

Also, more Aztecs are involved in service-oriented study abroad opportunities and are teaching the arts and English, offering elder care, constructing schools and renovating community centers while visiting countries like Brazil, Kenya, Fiji, Peru, Argentina and Spain.

It may seem daunting now – and that may be more so for you first-time and transfer students – and SDSU may feel like a large and intimidating institution, but remember that so many people are here to help you.

When I reflect on coming from Carson, Calif. to attending SDSU, I was not entirely sure how to get involved beyond my coursework. But I soon began serving as a mentor to Harambee Scholars, holding a leadership role with the Afrikan Student Union and ultimately engaging with Associated Students. I realized early that SDSU, whether in academics, in student organizations or through Associated Students, has something available for each student, no matter your background or experience.

If you have not already, I encourage you to start exploring. Associated Students supports more than 400 student clubs and organizations by providing meeting spaces and funding for their various events. SDSU’s Division of Student Affairs organizes programs, including New Student and Family Convocation, Welcome Week and One SDSU programming. Also, through its Aztec Mentor Program, Career Services will pair you with a professional who is your prospective career field and can provide guidance and support. The sooner you either find or start building a nurturing and supportive community, the more successful you can be. I encourage you to get involved early and often, and I look forward to seeing you on campus.

—Chimezie O. Ebiriekwe
President of Associated Students at San Diego State University
Business Finance Major

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