10 Things to do before you graduate CPP

By Miranda Holguin

College is a unique experience. Not only are students expanding their knowledge, but the door is open to many social and academic opportunities. Too often, students do not take advantage of all Cal Poly Pomona has to offer. Here are 10 things not to pass up before getting a degree.

1. Hike to the CPP letters

According to a document from the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers, the CPP letters were originally built by the Cal Poly Pomona Sigma Nu fraternity. Clubs and organizations are allowed to paint the letters their colors for a full week. For an excellent view of the campus and to see the letters up close, students can take a trail from J lot. It is recommend to wear comfortable shoes.

2. Use your student discount

At the game room, located in the Bronco Student Center, students can purchase discounted tickets for movies, amusement parks and more. Don’t have time to stop at the game room? Just present a student ID at clothing retailers such as J Crew and Banana Repub

lic for 15 percent off your total purchase. Fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Burger King and hookah lounges like the Velvet Room in Ontario also offer discounts. For a cheaper educational experience, students can enjoy discounted admission to many museums and aquariums. Admission is completely free to the Norton Simon Museum, home to the works of Van Gogh and Salvador Dali. When attendees leave, they receive a free print of one of the pieces of art.

3. Crash a club mixer… and join

CPP has more than 250 academic and social clubs and organizations. Typically, students can join at the beginning of each quarter throughout the year. Most clubs hold mixers open to anyone in order for students to get to know the members and see if they would be interested in joining. Clubs are a great way to get involved on campus, enhance resumes and expand networks. Students have nothing to lose by attending a mixer. If they don’t leave with a commitment to the club, they can leave with a stomach full of free food.

4. Enjoy the view

Between studying and exams, students often forget to take a moment to take in the scenery. The campus has many locations for relaxation, and fans of photography have an array of photo opportunities. Visit the Rose Garden during spring, read a book at the Japanese Garden, watch the turtles at the Duck Pond, see an animal inside of the Rainforest Learning Center and watch the sunset from the top of Parking Structure II.

5. Connect with a stranger

With more than 24,000 students, making at least one new contact while attending college is achievable. With CPP being a commuter school, it can be difficult to make social connections, but students have many opportunities to meet. Not only can students find someone to study with, but connections can be made within a field of study leading to job opportunities or a long-lasting friendship.

6. Take

advantage of free health services

Students sometimes forget that we have nurses located on campus. Students can stop by the Student Health Services Bldg. 46 (Mon- Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for an array of services. Health services offer free X-rays, in-house lab tests, physicals and minor surgical procedures. The Wellness Center provides free condoms and HIV testing. There are also counseling services such as short-term individual, couples or group therapy.

If students are interested in remaining physically healthy, the BRIC is available without having to pay a monthly gym membership fee. Available activities include a rock climbing wall, fitness floor, three-court gymnasium, indoor running track and an outdoor lap and leisure pool.

7. Watch a production at the Theatre

Living in an age of technology, many people miss out on watching live theatre. The Department of Theatre and New Dance provides multiple chances for a night out . Tickets can be purchased at the box office or on the CPP website. Tickets cost $20 or less for students.

8. Get Involved

Whether it’s a sorority, fraternity or one of the many clubs offered at CPP, students have a variety of options to get involved. Joining one of the many organizations on campus gives students the opportunity to become active and gain leadership skills. Many organizations participate in philanthropy and community service while creating lasting relationships with fellow club members. Based on personal interests, students can choose from academics-, culture- or social-based organizations.

9. Apply for scholarships

Paying for college can be difficult. Students often forget or are unaware of the scholarship opportunities that are offered by CPP and outside businesses and organizations. The requirements, criteria and deadlines vary depending on the scholarship. Criteria typically is based on financial need, leadership, talent and community service. For those who aren’t graduating this year, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can offer more information.

10. Work on campus

For students who live on campus or need some extra income, a job on campus can conveniently fulfill that need. There are many employment opportunities through Associated Students, Inc. Students can apply to be a graphic designer, personal trainer, media planner or an aquatics instructor. To learn more about the application process, students can visit http://asi.cpp.edu/employment-opportunities/.

Students don’t want to end their college career with any regrets. These suggestions can aid you in becoming more involved on campus and utilizing all the services while progressing toward your degree.

Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre

Miranda Holguin / The Poly Post

Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre

Rock climbing wall at the BRIC

Miranda Holguin / The Poly Post

Rock climbing wall at the BRIC

The Biotrek Rainforest Learning Center

Miranda Holguin / The Poly Post

The Biotrek Rainforest Learning Center

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