The Covid pandemic upended schools and colleges, forcing students to navigate a new reality threw many of their plans into disarray. Even after schools returned to in-person instruction, students, teachers and communities have continued to struggle. In this section, hear first-hand from students about their experiences and how they are confronting the challenges they face as well as their perspectives and ideas for improving California’s education system.
Picking your course of study is consequential. Make sure you pursue one you're passionate about, not something to meet others' expectations of you.
A proper education on climate change can empower youth to fight for the only home we have.
At Cal Poly SLO, I found that a space for multiracial students was missing. So I co-founded the campus' first and only club for the mixed-race community.
Going to university opens students' eyes to a broader view of who might be a friend.
My college friends and I hang out together at home when so many students choose to go out partying, perhaps developing deeper emotional connections than we might otherwise.
Completing college while staying at home can provide just as many opportunities and rewards as going away to a distant campus.
Student balances keeping true to her faith in an environment where religion is seen differently by many of her peers.
Many community college students don't have the luxury of moving to attend a CSU or UC campus; enabling them to earn a bachelor's degree at their local college is a matter of equity.
Finishing is college is hard, especially for those who are the first in their families to seek a higher education. So take guilt-free advantage of available resources.
Attending the state's only predominantly white public university made one student realize the importance of finding ways to connect with students from diverse backgrounds.
Life after high school has its challenges for the Class of 2022. There's embracing independence and facing what Covid cost them.
His long road toward university graduation has been filled with twists and turns and obstacles — just as it was meant to be.
Community gardens on college campuses give students access to nature and an opportunity to tend to — and be nurtured by — the outdoors.
An overreliance on technology eliminates the verbal interaction between students, their peers, and their teachers and takes the learning out of the classroom and onto the screen.
Living on campus for at least one year has been proven to increase overall student well-being, feeling of belonging, and academic success.