Life is a journey. My time at Access Local taught me many things but most important of all, it shows me ways to improve my life at every corner.
By Ryan Riboli
Sacramento State University student
As times times goes on the way college kids are living their lives continues to change as well. Ever since my first year of college, I have lived on my own in a four bedroom house with three of my best friends. Living within walking distance of school was nice; no traffic on the bike trails would allow me to wake up fifteen minutes before class and still make it on time. It had been my dream to come and go as I pleased and live life the way I wanted. But with how high the cost of living is these days I decided to move in with my girlfriend and commute to Sacramento State and work from Rocklin.
I missed living with my friends and having the luxury of all the college experiences at my fingertips, but I decided if I wanted to grow up, saving money would be a great start. This was very out of character for me and my friends and family weren’t sure of my decisions, but I was ready to show them I was able to change.
I was used to barely ever using my car, unless I had to go to the grocery store, which was only a few times a month to begin with. Moving to Rocklin meant I had to face the fact that I’d be using my car much more than usual. Adding miles to my 2009 Nissan Altima scared me since I got it brand new and I did not like seeing those odometer numbers rise on my prized possession.
Now that began commuting to school, I realized that there are many more students who commuted as well, which didn’t necessarily make my decision an easier one. I had to wake up much earlier to allow for the 30 minute drive I’d have to make just to get myself to Sacramento, through the traffic and to battle my way through the parking lots and garages and get myself to class on time.
When I made the decision to commute to school I hoped it would help me save money on living expenses, and for the most part it has changed. Going forward, if I really want to save money I will have to find a more efficient way to make the commute so that I can spare myself the steep cost of gas and the $300 parking pass that is needed to park on campus.
“I don’t think Sac State should be charging their students so much money for a parking pass,” says Evalyn Patten, another daily commuter. “I live at home in Elk Grove because of my financial situations so I have no other choice but to drive. To help out their students, the university should lower the cost of the pass and stop taking advantage of the large population of school commuters,” Patten adds.
I hope that eventually a new and more student-related way of transportation will emerge and take the place of the limited local-only buses and carpools. Hopefully, we can find a way to help the large portion of outside commuters get to Sacramento State University at a m0re affordable manner.
By Richelle Hadley
Sacramento Sate University student
When I found out I was pregnant, I was afraid that I would be compared to the young, immature girls on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Even though I’m not a teen, I was only 20 when I found out I was pregnant. As exciting a time as it should be, I was more scared than anything.
It was my third year of college and I was well on my way to the credential program to work on my future career as an elementary school teacher. As if going to school and working full time was not hard enough, I had start planning for the new addition to my family.
The first thing I did was move out of my apartment in Sacramento and back into my dad’s house in Rocklin. Never did I think when I moved out at 17 that I would be moving back home only 3 years later. The commute to school was not as bad as the harsh stares I got when my stomach started to show. With my expanding family, I had no excuse to not get my degree.
My friends and family were supportive, but there was always a hint of judgement every time I told someone my big news. My classmates however were not as friendly. When I started to show, the questions started to flow. Do you know if it’s a boy or girl? How old are you? Are you married? Is this your first pregnancy? Did you have morning sickness? I know every pregnant woman gets these questions, but I felt like these people were probing me. No one was ever negative towards me, but I know they were judging in their minds.
I started slipping into class just as it was starting, leaving with my head down right when the teacher dismissed us, and opting to do projects by myself even if we were allowed partners. After some time of avoiding my peers, I realized I needed to put everything aside because I was no longer in class to make friends, I was in class to get my education and better my future.
“I have a lot of respect for young girls who decide to take on the challenges of getting through college and having a baby,” says Alex Franceschini, a fellow Child Development major at Sacramento State. Franceschini continues with, “After all we have learned about the time and commitment a pregnancy alone requires, having a new and tiny human being to be responsible for takes a lot of maturity and dedication.”
Studies have shown and that teenage and young mothers are more likely to drop out school, work at a low-paying jobs and be single parents, but I am a young mother that is about to prove the studies otherwise. I have recently planned my Spring 2013 semester at Sacramento State University where I am continuing my education towards becoming a teacher and reaching my goal. Just because I am having my baby girl at this time that does not mean my life has to be put on hold. With nothing but my child’s future in mind I plan to work my hardest and be the best parent I can be, no matter what my age is.
“New Access Sacramento Show: Sacramento Sunset”
Show info/article submitted by Vince Vicari
“Vince Vicari and Britney Rossman are two recent graduates from California State University, Sacramento. After meeting in their Freshman Seminar class, they both went on to obtain bachelors degrees in journalism. Along the way, they started “The Sac State Sunset,” a weekly radio program on Sac State’s student-run online radio station, KSSU.com. For nearly five years, Vicari (better known on the scene as “Dub V”) and Rossman (more commonly called “B-Unit”) were on the air every Thursday night to deliver fresh perspectives of college life, relationship advice, and local artist interviews. From student musicians to main-stream rappers, Vicari and Rossman dedicated an hour of each show to interviewing a music artist. During their run on KSSU.com, they garnered a wide fan base of listeners from Los Angeles to Louisiana, San Francisco to Mexico. Vicari and Rossman come from two very different upbringings, yet have a dynamic chemistry that is not found between most male-female co hosts. After a short hiatus, “Dub V & B-Unit” have reunited to do what they love most. With the help of their friends and show producers Donte and Dominic Morris from Morris League Baseball, they’ve created “The Sacramento Sunset,” a live video podcast dedicated to spreading positivity and interviewing the movers and shakers in Sacramento and beyond. Not forgetting their foundation, they also incorporate music, relationship topics, and life stories into the show to bring a relatable vibe for all walks of life.
Watch live episodes online every Sunday at 10pm from their Ustream page on www.Facebook.com/SacramentoSunset.
Check your local listings to catch the TV version of their show, airing regularly on Access Sacramento!
Looking for a Job?!? Need Help with your Resume? Job Searching? Preparing for an Interview? Need a mentor
Summer Access Lounge is the place for you & all your friends! Starting June 22nd, we’ll be hosting incredible, interactive, innovative enrichment workshops for youth every Wednesday for the summer from 4-6PM.
- Make a Resume & Fill a Job App
- Learn to Job Search & Interview
- Service Learning Projects
- Learn to be a Leader!
- Explore different Careers
- Empowerment “Open Mic” Nites
- Professionalism & Communication
- Preparing for College 101
- Creative Arts Workshop
- Preparing for College 101
Location: Broadway Career Center on 915 Broadway, Sacramento
Resources: Job Announcements, Career resources, College information and more
Services: One on one Job & College Counseling
For more information contact the Youth Specialist:
“Any Opportunity for Any Youth”