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the top 10 reasons to choose sdsu – here’s 1-5


We’ve narrowed down the countless reasons you should choose SDSU to ten solid points that show how great it is to be an Aztec. Here are reasons 1-5.

1. I want hands-on experience.

Learning at SDSU happens as much outside of the classroom as it does in it. Political science students collect food for the homeless to learn about political fundraising while other programs, like the WebCompass internship, bring together students from multiple majors to learn skills and give back to the community.

2. I want the best programs at the best price.

At SDSU there is a program for every interest. Check out these video clips of current students who found the perfect fit in their major.

3. I want to see the world.

Study abroad is a big deal at SDSU. With the help of SDSU’s advisers you are sure to find a program that fits your major, desired destination, and budget. Whether it’s an alternative spring break, 6-week summer trip, or semester long experience, time abroad gives you a chance to see the world and gain an edge in your future job search.

4. I want to make things happen.

Students were the first to take action on the SDSU Green Love initiative, which has led to the creation of an annual Earth Day celebration and a weekly Farmer’s Market on campus. The Entrepreneur Management Center recently hosted SDSU’s first-ever Entrepreneur Day that gave students a chance to showcase their businesses on campus.

5. I want to continue a legacy.

There is a good reason that SDSU alumni are so active on campus: they know it’s always a great day to be an Aztec. Aztec connections run deep to local businesses and community leaders who get you involved with internships, job opportunities, and scholarships in every area of study. With all SDSU has to offer, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be an Aztec for life.

Check back early next week for reasons 6-10 to choose SDSU. Admitted students – don’t forget that your Intent to Enroll is due by May 1! You’re spot is waiting for you, what will you do with it?

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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alternative spring break in Buenos Aires, Argentina


This spring break I, along with 14 other SDSU students, had the opportunity to spend a week studying business in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fifteen students from different backgrounds, class levels, and majors brought together in a country none of us had ever visited. This is the first study abroad program of its kind at SDSU, and all of us agreed it was a great success.

It’s hard to capture an experience like this in a few simple paragraphs. There was a lot of laughter, a lot of pictures, a lot of inside jokes, and a lot of memories. We had the opportunity to explore another side of the hemisphere while learning about more than just the tourist attractions of the city.

Monday, March 29

Group at Ketchum Argentina

Our group at Ketchum Argentina. (I'm on the far left.)

Today was our first official day of programming in Buenos Aires. First we heard from the CEO of Ketchum Argentina, a sector of one of the world’s most successful public relations firms. Public relations serves the same purpose in every country, making your company look good, but how you go about doing that all depends on the culture and people you are serving.

A representative from the American Chamber reiterated this theme by teaching us about business differences between Argentina and the United States, and we learned about some failing attempts certain U.S. companies had when trying to infiltrate the Latin American market. Our last stop of the day was at Norton Winery (they sell their unique Malbec wine at Costco), where we heard about the changing wine market, exporting globally, and then played games and toured the facility.

At night, a few of us headed to La Bomba, a drum show where many of the locals gather to hang out. It was definitely the best part of the trip so far. The intense energy and vibe of the music pumped us all up as we were immersed in the Argentinean culture. Each of us got an idea of what locals our age would normally do with friends. Here are a couple videos of the La Bomba show:

La Bomba Video #1 – http://twitc.com/Pz2vlJoy

La Bomba Video #2 – http://twitc.com/Pxr5ohPj

Tuesday, March 30

This morning we got the opportunity to tour Ford Argentina. We watched a car being built from start to finish and met some of the factory workers on the line. No doubt, it was probably the only time any of us will get to see the process up close.

We all ate together at the normal 10 p.m. Argentine dinner time. Steak in Argentina is ridiculously good and ridiculously reasonably priced, which is a pleasant escape from our normal college student food choices.

Wednesday, March 31

Group at Bimbo Bakery

Our group at the Bimbo bakery.

Today we visited another factory, Bimbo bakery. Once again we got a tour of the factory and saw the product from start to finish. Our tour guide gave us some insight into advertising for Bimbo.

In Argentina, kids don’t eat cereal or Pop Tarts for breakfast; they have toast, so Bimbo’s cuddly bear icon is the perfect tool to help with their family-oriented marketing. They loaded our tables with muffins, crackers, and other products to try, then sent each of us home with a bag of more food. Free food for college students…definitely a win.

Later we visited one of Argentina’s premiere business schools and heard a lecture from a marketing professor. Many of the foundational business practices were complemented by Argentina’s unique styles and customs.

Thursday, April 1

Group volunteering with kids

Visiting a local home for low-income kids.

Today was by far the best experience of the trip. We visted a local home where over 300 low-income children come to eat every week.

We played games, made snacks, and spent a few hours getting to know the kids. Seeing the joy of these kids who had so little inspired all of us. Having the opportunity to wrap up a week of business-style meetings by getting our hands dirty and hanging out with kids was a priceless experience.

Even though only a few people in our group spoke Spanish, we had no trouble interacting despite the language barrier. The kids were happy to have someone to talk to, whether we knew what they were saying or not.

Group at Tango lessons

Our group at the Tango lesson.

Later on we headed to a local Tango show and received dance lessons. The Tango is Argentina’s claim to fame. The passion and energy of the dance is representative of the whole culture.

We weren’t the most talented group they’d seen, but hey, we gave it a try and learned a little something to bring back to the states. Check out my Tango video to see what it was like:

Tango Video – http://twitc.com/Psc6ikUo

Friday, April 2

Our final excursion was a visit to Tigre, an area just outside of the city on a delta that connects over 500 small islands. Boat taxis and buses help people get around to shopping, school, and home. We kayaked down the river to one of the islands. Let’s just say it was an experience…some of us fell in, some ran into stuff, some ran into more stuff, but in the end we all had a pretty good time.

~Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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Make SDSU Part of Your Spring Break


For students here at SDSU, spring break is just around the corner, so everyone is getting excited about filling up all that free time. For some of you, that long awaited break may have already come and gone, but here are some cool activities that will help jazz up your break or upcoming weekend. With these suggestions you’ll be able to make San Diego part of your break no matter where you are.

If you are in San Diego…

Between the hustle of classes, scheduling extra–curricular activities, and hanging out with friends, it’s easy to forget we live in one of the most beautiful and tourist driven cities in the world. If you are a prospective student living in the area or a current student at SDSU, take some time to explore your city. Go to the beach and ride the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster at Mission Beach, or grab some friends and take a day trip to see the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Most students pick SDSU for its great location. Don’t let another school year pass before you realize you haven’t checked out the city!

If you know you’ll be here soon…

For the many students who were just admitted to SDSU (Congrats!), it feels like August couldn’t be farther away. Keep yourself pumped up for the move to San Diego State by exploring what the campus and surrounding city has to offer. Take a look at a few of the more than 200 student organizations and contact a couple by e-mail about getting on their mailing list so you’ll be plugged in before you even get here. Scour Twitter for the latest San Diego venues and events. Following local businesses, bloggers, and of course SDSU will keep you in the loop regarding interesting, and often budget-friendly, activities you’ll be able to enjoy in just a few months. Do a quick San Diego search and start following!

If you are thinking about SDSU…

If you still aren’t sure about coming to SDSU, take some time to explore all that the university has to offer. Check out our News Center for some more insight on what being an Aztec for Life really means, get on YouTube to hear from students about why SDSU is the place to be, or get a feel for campus culture by researching clubs and organizations on campus. Spring break is a great time to sit down, clear your head, and weigh your college decision.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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