Share Your Memories

Maybe it was the first time you felt like a bona fide college student. The last time you smelled the sulfur in the lab. Or maybe it was something your professor said that soaked in and stayed with you through the years. Tell us, and tell your fellow Warriors, what you remember most about your college years at CSU Stanislaus. We’re building a collective memory bowl from which to share nostalgia in dollops. Read about those memories here...

     “I enrolled at Stanislaus State in the fall of 1979. I was a graduate of Los Gatos high School and submitted applications for Sonoma State, San Jose State, and Stanislaus State.  I believe I had a gpa of 2.79 in high school and was not admitted to Sonoma, Stanislaus, or San Jose State. However, Stanislaus State had a program for potential students who did not meet the minimum requirements. They could talk to the President of Stanislaus State and try to convince him why they would be a good candidate for admission. It was called the match program. So, I made the trip and talked with President (Walter) Olson and was fortunate to be granted admittance through the match program.

My first year was difficult and on my first test I received an “F” from Dr. (Kenneth) Entin in Political Science. I was wondering if I was truly meant for college. My dad had a heart attack at 47 and passed away. So now I was really contemplating my life. I lived in the dorm and had great support from friends, the dorm director Mark Erickson, Bob Santos, and Don Lawson. Anyway, I persevered and graduated in four years with a BA in Political Science and a gpa of 3.23. I went on years later and received a Masters Degree in Education. My gpa in the Masters program was 3.89.

As the school approaches its 50th year, it is a great time to reflect upon its history. If not for President Olson taking a chance on me and the support of Stanislaus State, who knows what course my life would have taken.

Sean Young
1983 Political Science
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