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REBECCA POLLITZ

Rebecca is majoring in Speech Language Pathology at California State University, East Bay.

 

REBECCA'S STORY

Amador Valley High School | Las Positas College

Financially it made the most sense since my family was struggling to pay for both my sister's living expenses abroad as well as the rising rent costs here in the Bay Area. I also was unsure what major or career field I wished to pursue so community college made the most sense.

 

"Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?"

Sai Baba

 
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BENEFIT

The academic support I received through the Puente Program was immensely beneficial to my motivation and happiness at community college. I met some of the most inspiring and driven counselors and students who guided me to become a better version of myself and to truly explore all my options.

WHY I'M SHARING

I still notice that there is such a strong stigma against community college through interactions I have with current high schoolers and some college students I meet who are unaware that I went to a community college. These individuals share this negative point of view about community college and individuals who have attended and it occurs to me that many people really don't understand how much community colleges can benefit students and make them stronger.

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ADVICE

If I could give advice to students now I would tell them to definitely choose the community college pathway if they are unsure what they want to major in or if finances are conflicting with their future dreams. I would also advise them to check in early with counselors and remain active in clubs/activities on campus to see what all their options are. Don't do these things just to look good on a transcript or resume - really get a feel for what you enjoy and why!

ONE MORE THING....

People should not be fooled by the stereotype that community college students are lazy. I have met some of the most driven students at community college because these people were motivated to transfer and achieve their goals. They succeed more often than those who went directly from high school to a four university because they know how to ask questions and look for resources.

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