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School Advice - Bay Area Folks!
Does anyone have any experience with California State University East Bay? I realize that's Oakland/Richmond area which to me, as someone who is only experienced with the East Bay through rumors, from reputation it's like going to school in Compton.

Is it in a safe university area where a short female can catch a train and get to class without too much risk of being accosted or is it crack-whore central?

I currently am attending a Cal State school in an area known for being kind of rough as well, but the area immediately around the school itself is a developed and nice university mini-town, so I only have to drive through minimal crap to reach the safe university perimeter. That type of thing is fine, and I'm used to that. I just want to know if the campus/means of getting to campus are okay.

I'd prefer to either stay within the Cal State system or go somewhere that accepts Cal State gen-ed credits, hence why I'm asking specifics.
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mythos_amante From: mythos_amante Date: March 20th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me ask my bro-in-law, as he and several of his friends attended there, including some smallish females, I believe!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'd appreciate it :)
kokeshikitten From: kokeshikitten Date: March 20th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will ask my cousin, as he works in crack whore central in Oakland.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you :) My dad was born in Oakland, he hasn't been there for years but when I said Cal State East Bay he's like "O_O NOOOOOO" so, I kind of wanted to ask to see if it even IS an option. If it's too rough, I'll cross it off my list.
chlorophyta From: chlorophyta Date: March 20th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Living in the east bay is not without risks, but I generally consider it to be worthwhile. I'd love to go to UC berkeley if I was going back to school for any reason. Campus is nice and very centrally located to downtown berkeley. If you're traveling via bart, the station is like two blocks from campus. I ride my bike pretty much everywhere in the bay area, just be sure to lock it up really well. When I was living in a rough area in emeryville being on my bike made me feel a lot safer because I was faster than the crazies.

On the downside, you do have to watch out, develop some street smarts and stuff. Pretty much all my friends and myself have had some experience with somebody crazy asking for all your money or whatever, which totally sucks, but a bit of preventative measure goes a long way to minimize that. Ie don't walk around alone after dark and know what areas are safe and which arent.

It'd be great to have you local here, though! I think you'd enjoy it for the most part. =3
chlorophyta From: chlorophyta Date: March 20th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also talk to erin/dingbat! She lives in berkeley, too!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very true. I ran into a lot of this when I was considering attending Pratt in Brooklyn. I realize that I'm not really cut out for a lot of "inner city crap" despite knowing WHAT to do, it's a matter of "how I'll handle it".

I wonder if my cal state budget will fit UC Berkeley. I admit I'm just starting to get used to the whole school thing and just learning about how much a lot of this costs (I wish they'd stop changing it just when I learn though!). I really had my eyes on San Jose, the school Ding actually graduated from. I've been to the campus (went to visit her actually!) and I know it's in a relatively safe neighborhood. It depends on where we end up living (if we're even in the bay area at all, we're REALLY shooting for it though, but depends on his job).

But yeah part of the reason I'm really wanting to make the change is so I have some local friends :3 That and I do really enjoy it there.

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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
At Cal State I'm majoring in graphic design and marketing. I would ideally like to find something that allows me to continue down this path even if it's a split major. I don't know how they translate over.

Thanks for the heads up about Hayward. I guess I'd just have to go check it out myself?
sagemane From: sagemane Date: March 21st, 2010 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you also looked at SFSU? Tenebris went there for his undergrad, and I'm going there now for my MBA, and we both really love it. I don't know anyone in the design department there, but I can say they have a really good college of business and marketing department if you wanted to take that as a minor or dual major!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 21st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Well that might be an option! Thank you for the info :3
furtech From: furtech Date: March 20th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh! So CSEB is actually CS Hayward? (<--wonder why they felt the need to change the name?) CS Hayward is in a pretty nice area-- they used to hold a lot of dog shows and agility matches there (some large ones).

I second your recommendation on SJSU-- it's got a solid arts program. Downtown SJ has gotten really nice in the last decade, too. I think Pawpad went there...
topknot_forever From: topknot_forever Date: March 20th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know five people that attend that school and four of them hate it.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 20th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Those aren't good odds. D:
From: astolpho Date: March 21st, 2010 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Man, east bay, really? San Jose has such a fantastic art program and it's in a much nicer area, besides.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 21st, 2010 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm weighing my options here. I don't want to totally bank on a school that's not in the Cal State system, as much as I like SJSU, it may or may not be doable. Plus, there's jobs for Skorzy available in Foster City, we gotta go where the jobs are, and I gotta see where I can go to school.

Trust me, I'm hoping for San Jose above all else. I just like the area better but we'll see.
From: astolpho Date: March 21st, 2010 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
SJSU is a Cal State school. But yeah, I don't know what to suggest re: jobs, though I can't imagine that biotech is underrepresented in this area.
mythos_amante From: mythos_amante Date: March 24th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
SO I talked to my bro in law and he says the campus is fine, certainly safe enough. There's a free-for-students bus that goes straight from the BArt station to the campus, so no hiking the hill. He does say that the arts are VERY limited there, so he doesn't recommend the school if that will be your focus.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 24th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for looking into that for me! I'll have to consider my options of course, but it's good to know the specifics of what to expect there :D
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