Family Support Essay

Parents, staff and students pose for a photo after handing out college blue books.
We know that succeeding in college is a journey that not only you partake in, but also your friends and family. This semester, we would like to give you the opportunity to highlight the family support members who have helped you the most along the way.
In a brief essay (250-400 words), describe a family support member (mom or dad, aunt, grandfather, cousin, close family friend, etc.) who has helped you in some way while you’ve been here at Cal State LA, and tell us what they did! Six essays will be selected, and those students and their families will be invited to attend our closing Parent Academy event this March. We are looking for up to three stories to be shared in English and up to three stories to be shared in Spanish.
If you would like to submit an essay, please provide us with the following:
  • First and last name
  • Year and major
  • Name of the family support member, and your relationship to this person (aunt, sister, etc.)
  • Essay
Send your submissions to by Monday, March 16. Please note that only submissions emailed to this address by the deadline will be considered.
If you have additional questions, you may email us at, or call us at 323.343.3195. We look forward to hearing from you!