WORD ON THE STREET

Welcome to Our World

On this page you will find a picture and brief bio about our Traditionally Untraditional Representatives. Scroll through and explore their stories for insight on the transfer process, life at a four year after transfer, their take on community college, and a world of opportunities!

 
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"I didn't have any clear educational path or goals at the time I started attending Las Positas and it was the only financially feasible option for me. I considered just getting my AA degree, but now I have more goals, aspirations, and plan to transfer to UC Davis!"

Aileen Sullivan | Las Positas College | Journalism/Communications | Liberal Arts | Swim and Dive | Las Positas Chamber Choir | Las Positas Literary Anthology

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"The community college experience is often seen as the path less traveled."

Andrew Europa  |  University of California, Riverside  |  Business Administration - Management  |  International Forensic Association Finalist  |  Poetry Club  |  Phi Chi Theta  |  Experimental Acoustic Research Studio  |  Casual Hiking Club  |  Music Appreciation Club

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"I decided to start with a clean slate and try my hardest at community college."

Anthony Omole | University of California, Berkeley | Chemistry | Honors Transfer Club | The Nigerian Student Association, Associated Students of the University of California

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"Ability to attend classes while working full-time"

Alexander Alpi | University of California, Berkeley | Political Science | Associated Student Government at Skyline College | Delta Phi Epsilon

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"Find a path that works for you not for everyone else."

Alexandra Torrez  |  University of California, Berkeley  |  Political Science  |  Global Poverty and Practice  |  International Forensics Association Finalist  | Milanese Political Science Scholar  |  Swim and Dive | Mixed Student Union | Re-Entry and Transfer Student Association | Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Organization

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"Community college gave me time to develop mentally, explore my interests, and keep doing the activities I've always enjoyed."

Caleb Wagner | Las Positas College | Anthropology | Swim and Dive

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"I chose community college because I was unsure of what college route I should take. I also chose it for the low cost, flexibility, and the fact that I could remain close to my family."

Claire Piazza  |  San Jose State University  |  Communication Disorders and Sciences | Nutrition and Food Sciences  |  Swim and Dive/Water Polo | National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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"I'm sharing this because no young adult should have to feel helpless about having a goal to achieve a higher education or opportunities for a career simply because they don't know what their options are"

Connor Huff  |  University of California, Santa Barbara  |  Physics  |  Physics Teaching Assistant at Diablo Valley College

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"I found that community college had a lot to offer and that my stigma against it was unfounded."

Emil Graversen  |  University of California, Davis  |  Biological Sciences  |  Swim and Dive

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"I have a better appreciation for what it takes to create something in this world, and how important it is to get involved with my community."

Gabriel Costa | Las Positas and Chabot College | International Relations | Theater Club | Trash-Chan Creator | Linguist

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"I went to San Diego State University and it just didn’t feel like the right school for me."

Hannah Tsui  |  University of California, Davis  |  Animal Science  |  Swim and Dive

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"I started going to Las Positas College through the Middle College Program during my senior year of high school. It looked like an amazing opportunity to structure my education in a way that suited me best."

Isabella David  |  Las Positas College  |  English  |  Middle College  |  Jujutsu | Eskrima | Lua

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"Attending a California Community College has given me the chance to be more open-minded and always learn more about what I don't know."

J.P. Wang | University of California, Berkeley | Political Science | Student Ambassador at World Affairs | Intern for Supervisor Hillary Ronen at San Francisco's City Hall | Student Teacher at Family Connections | Peer Mentor at the Writing Success Project at CCSF | Review for International Conflict and Security

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"The credits I earned transferred to my four year school and offered the flexibility to double major in math and biology without ever having to overload my credit counts."

Julian Wagner | CalTech | PhD Biology - Candidate | Math Club | Barret Honors College

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"Through community college I was able to have more intimate classroom settings, get to know my professor, work and go to school at the same time."

Kristen Warren | University of California, Davis | Neurobiology - Physiology and Behavior | Biological Sciences Honor Society | Mathematics Honors Society | AGS Honors Society

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"Community college gave me the opportunity to explore, be a part of college sports, work and go to school. I had a schedule that fit my life, and programs that allowed me to better my future as a nurse"

MacKenzie Bammer  |  Northwestern College  |  Nursing  |  Swim and Dive | Soccer |  Nursing Club

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"I did not want to go to any of the state schools I got into, I didn't know what I wanted to study, and it was economically a better decision."

Marlo Bourland  |  University of California, Davis  |  Political Science  |  International Forensics Association Finalist  |  National Forensics Association Finalist  |  Davis College Democrats

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"The inexpensive tuition let me be more experimental and flexible with the classes that I decided to take."

Matt Lee | San Jose State University | Kinesiology - Rehabilitation Sciences | Community College Valedictorian | Honors Society | Swim and Dive | SJSU Swim Club

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"Community College allowed me the time I needed to sort out what I wanted to do with my future."

Max Holmes | Belmont University | Entertainment Industry Studies | Swim and Dive | Basketball

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"Don’t let anyone dictate your future because of social pressures and conformity."

Michael Eckles | University of California, Los Angeles | Sociology | Public Affairs | Swim and Dive

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"I wanted to pursue nursing and did not get into any of the pre-nursing programs I applied to. Community College allowed me to still pursue nursing using a different route, and also save money."

Megan Chew | San Fransisco State University | Nursing | Climbing | Study Abroad-AIFS: London

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“Community college is a second chance at success.”

Nathan R. Stroud | University of California, Berkeley | Political Science | Public Policy | Sierra College Economics Club | Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society | Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Student

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"I wanted to experience college, even if it was not at a four year university just yet."

Noor Ahmad | Las Positas College | Psychology | Muslim Student Association | Poetry club

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"Math classes pushed me in ways that no other classes had. They became somewhat of a one-person competition where I challenged my own ability to fully understand concepts and their applications."

Patrick Darrow | Las Positas College | Electrical Engineering | Computer Science | Ping-pong | Engineering Club | Math Club

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"By participating in the Puente program,  it has helped me and so many others in my cohort understand the system, find resources, and transfer within two years."

Rebecca Pollitz | California State University, East Bay | Speech Language Pathology | Puente | Ballroom Dance Club

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"I wish I'd known about this option even earlier!"

Regina Yuan | University of California, Davis | Animal Science | Show Jumping and Dressage

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"Community college gave me the opportunity to feel out my passions, strive for something that I didn’t think I could have ever done in high school both academically and athletically"

Ryan Eckles | University of California, Los Angeles | Sociology | ASG Honors Society | Swim and Dive

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"It gave me the opportunity to work full time without falling behind on my academics."

Stephanie Liem | University of California, Berkeley | Global Studies | Education Initiative For Development (EID) club

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"I had a tremendous opportunity to try new things. For example, I took a computer coding class, and realized how much I enjoyed this field. It helped me choose what I was going to actually major in, and I have now graduated with a degree in a related field."

Sydney Wagner | Coast Guard Academy | Operations Research and Computer Analysis | Coding Club | Swimming | Cross Country | Model United Nations | Triathlon

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"I had uneducated misconceptions about the opportunities that community colleges offered and the quality of education there."

Zoie MacDougall  |  San Jose State University  |  Computer Engineering

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