Nick Fesler, 13, (center) with his friends at CSU Long Beach (Photo courtesy of Fesler)

FRESHMAN FOCUS Q&A: Nick Fesler enjoys Chinese Sword Fighting class, Greek life at CSU Long Beach

Nick Fesler, ’13, is attending CSU Long Beach, where he is majoring in human resource management. 

Q: So what’s it like at CSU Long Beach?

A: Well, the campus has about 35,000 people, which means that there’s always a ton of stuff to do, especially off campus in the city. And the beach is pretty cool.

 Q: What do you do in the city?

A: Most people live off campus in apartments and houses and stuff in the city. I spend a lot of my time at their places. And from there I can always go down the Pike, which is like a strip with all these cool stores and restaurants.

 Q: What’s your favorite class?

A: My favorite class last semester was Chinese Sword Fighting. We would learn certain fighting techniques and styles, and then just duel each other with these crazy swords.

 Q: Are you participating in Greek life?

A: I had no intention of joining a frat, but once I got to Long Beach, I started to hang out with a bunch of guys who were in one, so I decided to pledge for them. After about two months I joined Tau Kappa Epsilon. It really makes the school a lot smaller in that I can meet new people. We also hold a bunch of events that can help get you connections for jobs.

 Q: Are you living in the dorms?

A: Yes, but I’m planning on getting an apartment in Long Beach next year. I would definitely recommend at least one semester in the dorms, though. It’s a good way to make friends despite the limited freedom and noise.

 Q: What’s the food like?

A: It’s not terrible. They just put in a brand-new dining hall with an open kitchen so you can see them cooking. The rotations are pretty varied, too, so I don’t have to eat the same seven meals every week.

Q: What do you like least about CSU Long Beach?

A: The worst thing is how outdated the campus and the buildings are. The radiators in some of the dorms are so old that they will burn you if you touch them. I’m honestly surprised there haven’t been any fires yet.


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