Helya Bavaghar, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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Your great contribution to my education, to my being, made me realize that I wanted to do the same for others, so I became a tutor here at AAC and was fortunate enough to learn and grow with my students over the past three years, What I learned to pass on to them, to be there for their struggles, to lead them through the material, and to see my fellow students get excited about learning has been the most rewarding part of my college experience that I have forever appreciate and am so grateful for.

Q. What obstacles, if any, did you have to overcome to graduate?

I am an international student and although I know that I would do everything all over again, it sometimes becomes difficult not to be able to share the small moments, the big moments, with the most important people in my life.

I know being apart from loved ones is part of everyone’s college journey, and I believe it is part of growing up. It’s hard and can feel lonely, but at the same time it gives you perspective and helps you appreciate your family and friends more. And at the end of the day, your loved ones are just a phone call away so pick up the phone, call them and put a smile on them and their faces, I did that and it worked.

Q. What is your advice to incoming students at the CSU?

I think as young adults we question all of our decisions every day, whether it’s about our studies, our school life, our friends or life itself.

COVID started two years ago: what I mean is that the world is unpredictable, no one knows what it will be like in two years. It is easy to doubt yourself during this period of uncertainty, but my advice to new students is to be willing to take a risk, not be afraid of making mistakes, making mistakes, and most importantly, be nice to yourself to be yourself you have been to so many others.

And remember, you are more than your grades. Hold on to what made you choose this path in the first place and don’t lose sight of the big picture. Rams really pick up rams. So trust each other and don’t be ashamed to ask for help.