Brooke Clanton, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Major: Agriculture Communications Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I wanted to go to college close to home and my family. After a few semesters I came to realize I wanted a career in agriculture communications, and for that degree I needed to transfer to Bumpers College at the University of Arkansas…

Caine McLeod, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Major: Industrial Engineering Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I will be the first to tell you I was a “horrible” student in high school. So I lived at home and worked in an aluminum casting plant for three years to save enough to go to college. I  found I wasn’t ready:…

TJ Slade, Kansas State University

Major: Secondary Education—Business Minor: Business Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to K-State, after attending community college, because of a single visit I took to Kansas State. During my time in community college, my original plan was to stay two years and then transfer to a four-year college. However, after…

Jaron Bowersox, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Major: Finance Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I always planned on transferring from a smaller college to IUPUI in 2016. After graduation, I plan to become an investment analyst doing equity research (stock picking). Eventually I would like to become a portfolio manager. I want to jump right into my field…

Isaih Dale, San Francisco State University

Major: English Literature Graduation Date: May 24, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started my college career at a small community college in central California. After earning my AA in physical therapy, I wanted to pursue a BA in English literature, so I transferred to San Francisco State University to obtain this degree. After I…

Joleen Murray, Kansas State University

Major: Nutrition and Health, and Dietetics Graduation Date: August 1, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I transferred initially to pursue a BS in human nutrition with an emphasis in nutrition and health. I later decided to dual-major in dietetics. K-State offered an online distance program that worked better for me and my family.After…

William Kaseu, University of Rochester

Major: Economics Graduation Date: May 20, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred Back in South Africa, we weren’t encouraged to think differently. We were penalized for having a diverse array of opinions as professors often expected textbook answers. I highly disliked this environment and decided to pursue my academic ambitions in America. I decided to first…

Madeline Thompson, San Francisco State University

Major: English Linguistics Graduation Date: May 25, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started my college career at a community college and graduated with my AA in language studies. I then transferred to San Francisco State Un iversity to pursue my BA in English linguistics. After graduation, I will continue my education and pursue an…

Yesenia Lombera, Washington State University Tri-Cities

Major: Business Administration Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred Growing up in a small town, I knew that I wanted to experience the complete opposite so a school in a city environment was a crucial factor in what college I would choose. My time in the city allowed me new experiences, but…

Victoria Smith-Howard, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Major: General Studies Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to IUPUI because my academic and campus interests changed. I wanted to experience a large college campus and felt like I had exhausted my options at my first school. Transferring gave me a fresh approach to college. After graduation, I plan…

Victoria Lujan, University of Arizona

Major: Special Education Rehabilitation Minor: Psychology Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred All of my life I have worked to play softball at the collegiate level. My freshman year of college, that dream happened. Unfortunately, as the year went on, I had suffered a torn meniscus and a torn ligament in my…

Nathan Fanton, University of Rochester

Major: Health, Behavior, & Society Graduation Date: May 20, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred After completing community college I knew that I wanted to continue my education. Not only was earning a Bachelors degree important for my career goals but also personally. As a U.S. Army Veteran I knew that the labor market is more…

Briana Chisham Bryant, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Major: Communication Studies Minor: Public Relations Graduation Date: April 28, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I transferred to UAB after moving from my hometown in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My partner grew up in Birmingham and had the opportunity for a great job here in Alabama, so we excitedly took the cross-country…

Kevin Martinez Padilla, University of Arizona

Major: Spanish Linguistics Minor: Mexican-American Studies Graduation Date: May 11, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I began his journey at a community college an d transferred to the University of Arizona to pursue my bachelor’s degree. After graduation I plan to attend graduate school in Hispanic linguistics or higher education. Having a college degree means…

Dawn Taylor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Social Work Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I started attending college part-time because I was working part-time and was not really sure what degree I wanted to pursue. After taking a wide range of different classes in child care, business, marketing, and nursing, I found social work and…

Babacar Ndiaye, University of South Florida

Major: International Relations Graduation Date: May 4, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I had not been in a classroom in 22 years when I enrolled part-time at community, taking three classes. By my second semester, I was enrolled full-time and earned an associate’s degree before transferring to the University of South Florida.    After graduation,…

Judy Njeri Clark, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Major: Nursing Graduation Date: April 28, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time The desire to further my education was not obstructed by my responsibilities of being a wife, mother, and a full-time employee. The opportunity to enroll part-time provided an avenue to perpetuate pursuing my academic desires while satisfying my other responsibilities efficaciously. Part-time…

Simeon Baxter, University of South Florida

Major: Social Work Minor: Behavior Analysis Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of South Florida because it was part of my original plan for seeking a bachelor’s degree. I knew that if I wanted a career in social work I would need to enroll in a top-rated…

Jamie Melendez, Kansas State University

Major: Elementary Education Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I attended a community college because it allowed me to stay home with my kid. Also, I am a military spouse who moves around a lot. I transferred to a university to get my bachelor’s in elementary education. I plan to work as…

Alexa Raye Thompson, Michigan Technological University

Major: Electrical Engineering Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred My father died in 2005; and my mother died in 2009 during my last semester of high school—both were taken suddenly by heart disease. That fall, I enrolled at Albion College, but was academically terminated after my third semester. In the fall of…

Erica Stobaugh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Social Work Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because after starting at a nursing school I did not want to pursue nursing any longer.  After transferring to community college to figure out what degree to pursue further I then transferred to a four-year university after finding social work—my calling….

Matthew Clewett, Utah State University

Major: Law & Constitutional Studies Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time In the subsequent years after my father’s passing, I fell into a deep depression that prevented me from completing my high school education. At that time, the anxiety I experienced in the classroom was too much for me to…

Sarah Blaido, University of North Texas

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I started at a community college to save money and decide which educational path to take. This seemed like the smartest option at the time, since I have paid for my entire education out-of-pocket or with the help of scholarships and grants….

Isaiah Robinson, California State University Sacramento

Major: Kinesiology Minor: Biology Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because Sacramento is much cheaper than where I transferred from. I plan to attend medical school and become a surgeon. Having a degree means I will be able to further my goals and help people as a doctor.

Tyler Foster, San Francisco State University

Major: Mathematics for Teaching Graduation Date: May 24, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to study but I did want to take classes in multiple subjects without breaking the bank so I started at community college. Since I couldn’t obtain the bachelor’s I wanted at community college, I transferred…

Kathy Santos, Florida SouthWestern State College

Major: Supervision & Management Graduation Date: February 15, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I started my degree as a part-time student in 2004. In addition to being a part-time student, I am married and a mother of two children.  Attending school part-time was the only way I could reach my goals. After three…

Luis Alfonso Laurent Pena, University of Arizona

Major: Family Studies & Human Development Minor: Psychology Graduation Date: May 11, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of Arizona because I wanted to pursue my studies and to get a better education. After graduation, I plan to apply for a job with the U.S. Department of State and start attending…

Conor O’Brien, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Major: Anthropology Minor: History Graduation Date: June 16, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time When I first enrolled in community college back in 2011, I was a part-time student because I was working one or two jobs and was not sure about what academic path to take. Once identifying that anthropology is the field…

Danielle Card, University of South Florida

Major: Social Work Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to the University of South Florida because the institution I started at did not provide social work as a major. Without transferring, I would not have been able to pursue a career I feel truly passionate about. After graduation, I plan…

Edgar B. Mejia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Mechanical Engineering Graduation Date: May 11, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred After completing my high school education in Mexico, I decided to come back to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Since I was in charge of paying for my education, I first decided to go to community college…

Andrea Eaves, West Virginia State University

Major: Social Work Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I was unable to continuously go through college because of several life interruptions. Taking care of my mother who is suffering from mental illness, being a single mother to two young women, only able to work to support my children alone,…

David Lewis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Major: Public Affairs Minor: Africana Studies Graduation Date: May 12, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred to IUPUI in order to find the larger class sizes and diversity that I became accustomed to in high school. When I started college, I was seeking two degrees in business administration and political science. I transferred because…

Emily Applegate, Iowa State University

Major: Interior Design Minor: Design Studies Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I wanted to pursue interior design at Iowa State University but began completing general education courses at a community college to save money and stay closer to home.    After graduation I plan to get a full-time job as an interior…

Trenton Judd, Utah State University

Major: Human Movement Science Minor: Spanish, Chemistry Graduation Date: May 5, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred After a two year LDS mission I decided that I wanted to move further from home and came to Utah State. My parents attended the university and also my grandparents still live here so I had a family connection….

Anna Johnston, University of Missouri

Major: Health Science Minor: Psychology Graduation Date: May 13, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I transferred because my previous university was a bit too small for me (it felt more like high school than college), and it was quite a ways from my home in St. Louis.  Also, it did not have a direct pathway…

David Reyes, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Graduation Date: June 15, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred I hated school back the first few times I chose to attend. Turns out, the bigger problem I had was I had no real ambition to do anything. By the time, I became serious, I was a father and husband. After graduation, I plan on taking…

David Henley, University of North Texas

Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Psychology Graduation Date: May 11, 2018 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time When I started taking classes part-time at my first institution, I was still on active duty in the Marine Corps. Because the unit I was at had such a high operational tempo, I didn’t feel comfortable taking more than…

Monique Navarro , University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Major: Multidisciplinary Studies Graduation Date: May 14, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time In my experience, life does not always go as planned. As such, my educational journey did not begin and end in the same place. I initially enrolled in college when I was 17, but could not finish due to financial hardships. Shortly…

Cynthia Marrufo, University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Major: Health Promotion Minor: Community Health Graduation Date: December 12, 2016 Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time I moved to El Paso, Texas in 2009 after living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico my entire life. As a result of completing my high school education in Juarez, it was required of me to enroll in English for…