John L. Salgado
Lakewood High School
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
My name is John L. Salgado and this is myBeach Experience…
My Beach experience has been challenging but at the same time rewarding because I have learned so much from my classes that will be useful in the business world. I transferred from Long Beach City College so it was a bit overwhelming at first but I was able to adjust to it. Most of my business courses were taught by professors with many years of experience in the corporate world, which made learning a lot more interesting and fun. CSULB, being a commuter school, worked in my favor. I work 10 minutes away from school, which allowed me to work full-time and attend school full-time as well.
The road to CSULB was challenging but looking back, it was worth it. I took a long time studying at LBCC, changing my major three times. However, after transferring to CSULB, I was able to finish my bachelor’s degree in two years, which is a milestone achievement for me.
I believe my bachelor’s degree will open new doors, not only in my career, but also in my life. Most management or consultant positions require a bachelor’s degree. With my degree, I will be able to have a chance to be competitive in the market that I’m interested in. I can proudly say I will earn my degree without a huge amount of student loan debt. I was accepted to USC, but decided to attend CSULB instead, for a quality education at a lower tuition fee. I believe this is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
After graduating, I am planning on continuing my education by going for my MBA. I do plan on staying connected to CSULB and maybe one day, I will be able to teach at CSULB or be a guest speaker at certain events. I decided to become an Alumni Association member because, throughout my years at CSULB, I was unable to join many clubs or get involved in school activities due to my full-time work load. I thought by becoming an Alumnus and joining the Alumni Association, I will be able to give back to the school which has given me a strong foundation for the future.
-John L. Salgado, `11