Dear LBCC Students,
My name is Crystal Hurt and I am writing to all of you to inform you that Long Beach City College has the best counselors ever. Transferring from a Community College to a four-year college or university was my goal when first attending a Community College. The reason I state that this was my goal when “first attending” is because after a semester or two, everything became a hassle and I began to feel discouraged. I also felt as if I was never going to transfer and obtaining my bachelor’s degree just seemed so far away. For a while I thought that I was alone in feeling this way, but after looking up some statistics on transfer rates, my feelings were justified. It wasn’t shocking to find out that only one in five community college students end up transferring to a university or a four-year college, which indicates that only 20 percent of students transfer each year.
After attending a Community College for a year and realizing that I was not half way done, I used to think things such as college wasn’t for me or that I wasn’t smart enough to better my education. I recently transferred from another Community College to LBCC in the fall of 2015 and I must say that it was the best decision for my education by far. Once I got to LBCC, the counselors made sure that I never thought those horrible things about myself any longer. Fortunately here at LBCC, they have a great counseling staff that is willing to work with you and have nothing but encouraging things to say about you. Being a third year community college student, I know how tough and challenging it can be to transfer to a university and get a bachelor’s degree.
Speaking from experience, I know that feeling of being rejected or turned down from the school you’ve dreamt of attending almost your whole life. The initial shock of realizing that you weren’t accepted to a university out of high school or coming to terms that you must go to a Community College can be heartbreaking and very upsetting, as it was for me. But once I transferred to LBCC, the counselors gave me an education plan to follow and told me exactly what I had to do to get into my dream school. I am proud to say that thanks to them I have received a 4.0 my last two semesters. Something that I had never done in college before or ever dreamed I would do.
Although I stayed at a Community College for longer than two years, I wasn’t going to let that discourage me in any way. As you can see, my plan didn’t quite go as I expected but I am proud to say that with the help of LBCC’s amazing counselors, Spring of 2016 is my last semester attending a community college and I have been accepted to my dream school and 3 other great universities such as San Francisco State, Cal State San Marcos and Cal State Long Beach.
The reason I am writing this article is to inform you that LBCC has a great counseling staff and they only want the best for you. I have been in your shoes before and I have felt discouraged and down at many times, so much that I cannot count how many times I’ve cried myself to sleep. But I am writing this to say that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to! If going to a Community College and transferring to a university is what you have to do to reach your educational goal then so be it. Go see and talk to a counselor to make sure you are on track to fulfilling your educational goal. If you have ever been rejected from your dream school or any university for that matter, don’t give up, it simply means try harder and let nothing get in the way of you reaching your educational goal!
Crystal Hurt
LBCC Student