Every fall, thousands of students across the country set foot on college campuses. The transition from high school to college can be very rewarding, yet very challenging as well. For freshmen, it marks the beginning of a journey that will culminate with graduation.
The College Assistance Migrant Program at CSULB works year-round recruiting eligible students from across the state through individual classroom presentations, school-wide assemblies and college fairs to participate in CAMP during their freshmen year at The Beach.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, 46 students are participating in CAMP. Throughout their undergraduate careers, these students will receive an array of services, such as academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, summer internships, referrals to other academic support services and programs, cultural programs, social events and opportunities to attend migrant and leadership conferences. All of these activities are done with the overarching goal of graduating from CSULB. CAMP’s staff members are committed to cultivating excellent students and, most importantly, citizens who will graduate and return to their communities to assist future generations of migrant students and their families.
Research shows that the freshman year is the most challenging year of college. This is no different for the migrant students served by CAMP. To address this, CAMP provides intensive services to ease and assist its students’ transition to the university.
Among the events offered each fall for CAMP students are the student/parent fall orientation and the student weekend retreat. These events provide a foundation for migrant students and their parents as to what they can expect to experience at CSULB and how CAMP staff will assist with their transition and ensure their success at the university. By providing these students and their parents with an overview of the inner-workings of the university and CAMP, they acquire a sense of belonging on a college campus and being part of the CSULB family. Most importantly, these events provide the opportunity for CAMP families to understand the university’s commitment to the success of their students. Students and parents leave with a better sense of the services that will be provided to them. Along the way, the students begin to cultivate friendships with fellow CAMP students.
President King Alexander's motto, “Graduation Begins Today,” appears on banners across campus and serves as a reminder of the mission and vision that CAMP has for its students. As Student Services professionals, CAMP staff are committed to improving the life opportunities and chances of CSULB’s migrant students. These students made a commitment to CSULB and CAMP when they decided that The Beach was the place where they would pursue their undergraduate studies. In turn, it is CAMP’s responsibility to provide them with the services and support they will need to thrive and develop into the young professional men and women they aspire to be.
For more information about CAMP's services, go to http://www.csulb.edu/camp/.