Despite rain, students explore SDSU


Prospective students walking through campus Saturday. | Antonio Zaragoza, Photo Editor

by Stephanie Saccente

Prospective students walking through campus Saturday. | Antonio Zaragoza, Photo Editor
Prospective students walking through campus Saturday. | Antonio Zaragoza, Photo Editor

San Diego State held its annual Explore SDSU Open House event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It invited prospective students to explore what life could be like as an Aztec.

Brandon Benson, a prospective student for this fall, was impressed with the overall presentation of the event and everything SDSU has to offer. Although Benson is still unsure if he will be attending the school in the fall, the event helped him put things into perspective.

“It was great to see how much hard work the faculty and students put in to create such a wonderful event for all the prospective students,” Benson said. “Even in the pouring rain, clubs and affiliations tabling all over campus still put their best foot forward and made students feel welcome. My favorite part of the day was touring a fraternity house and learning more about Greek life on campus.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority were two of the houses selected to give house tours on the day of the event. In addition to guided tours of Greek housing, a tour of the campus, residence halls and the Aztec Recreation Center were also offered.

Parents accompanying their children at the event were also pleased with the organization of the open house.

“Before attending the event, I wrote down a list of questions I hoped to get answered at the open house. By the end of the day all my questions were answered and I was even provided with more information I hadn’t thought about,” Sean Benson, father of prospective student Brandon Benson, said. “If this event is any indicator of how this university is run on a daily basis, then I will be more than satisfied if my son chooses to attend this school.”

In addition to the tours and information sessions, live entertainment and family-friendly activities were also offered. SDSU alumni were welcomed back to attend the event to reconnect with their favorite programs and departments and explore all that has changed on campus.

Emily Barkenbush, an admitted out-of-state student, highly recommends attending Explore SDSU to future students interested in the school.

“I really encourage students to come check out SDSU Explore Open House. It really helped me to see what the university is like. They shared a lot of information giving me a better understanding of the classes and requirements for the major I am interested in,” Barkenbush said.