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John L. Salgado

John L. Salgado

Name: John L. Salgado
Age: 27

High School: Lakewood High School
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

John with friends

John Traveling

John out with friends


Grad Year: Fall 2011
Major: Business Management Information System


Favorite Classes: Management 425

Favorite Professor: David Abramis

Favorite Spot on Campus: CBA Lab

Quote: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul" and "Carpe Diem"

My Beach Experience

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.

Getting to CSULB

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.

Taking the Opportunities

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.

My Beach Beyond the Beach

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