"The Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'"
Name: Larry Combs
Age: "Pretty old"
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
My name is Larry Combs and this is my Beach Experience…
My Beach Experience is about learning from every person I come into contact with here at Long Beach. I find that I learn just as much in the classroom as I do outside of the classroom. Networking with my peers and the college faculty has redefined my thinking and broadened my career prospects.
Serving in the military before pursuing a four-year degree gave me the opportunity to attend several different educational institutions. While attending community college, I visited many other college campuses to get a feel for each one. As soon as I stepped on to the Long Beach campus, I was excited. After a quick self tour, I was sold. The scenery was nice, the buildings were modern and up-to-date, and the people on campus were energetic and full of life. To me, the Long Beach Campus has the best diversity of students and gives everyone an equal chance at success. Out of all the colleges I have visited or taken classes at, Cal State Long Beach is the only one that inspired me to want to learn and be more than what I first imagined. This campus will always hold a special place in my heart.
Wow, there are so many things that CSULB has provided me over the few semesters of attending school here. Most of it started when I joined the American Marketing Association (AMA). This organization opened my eyes to the networking possibilities of school and kept me informed on all of the opportunities that CSULB had to offer. In the short time that I have been on campus, I have participated in both academic and hands-on experiences with building projects outside of class that has stimulated my knowledge and given me that extra bit of confidence. I also started to get involved in other organizations and clubs such as International Business Association (IBA) and Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD). SCPD has given me the opportunity to mentor high school students regarding their college career. This has been extremely fun and rewarding at the same time. All of the professors here are genuine and great to talk to, but by far, my fondest memory is getting the chance to sit down and have lunch with the president of the university. Through an AMA event, I won lunch for me and two of my friends to have lunch with President F. King Alexander. After reading so much about him and all his accomplishments, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous, but when we all sat down he treated us with the upmost respect and made us feel as equals. He has a real concern for each and every student’s education and it makes me proud to go to school here.
I am just as excited about my plans after graduation as I am about graduating! CSULB has really helped me focus on my talents and goals. I am currently trying to get more experience in the hotel industry. Immediately after graduation, I plan to visit my family for a few weeks…then I am going to move out of the country for a few years. I want to gain some much needed work experience that is derived from being submerged in another country’s culture. Luckily though CSULB, I have been able to meet students from all over the world and now have a friend in almost all of the countries I desire to work. The friends that I have made here will last forever, and I want to stay connected with them and make sure that they can stay connected with me even if it’s just reading about their latest accomplishments through Alumni updates. The University has given so much to me that I can’t wait to get out there and make a difference, and I am glad that I can always call Cal State University Long Beach home.
Joining the Alumni Association and participating in the Senior Class Gift during the 2009 Grad Fair is something that I think all members of the Class of 2009 should do…I know I will! There is no better way to say “thank you” to the University that has given you so much during your years here.
--Larry Combs, ‘09