I had just started college when I heard that Sacramento City College’s transfer center was going
to start an outreach program to inform students about transfer events and resources. I thought it would be a great way to help other students transfers while also learning about transfer opportunities for myself. As such, I became a founding member of Sac City’s Transfer Squad.
When I did tabling during school events for the Transfer Squad I got to talk to a lot of students about the transfer process and their transfer goals. From my first day tabling, I learned that even though many students had aspirations to transfer and build better careers for themselves, many felt lost about how to go about the transfer process. Most students I talked to didn’t know how to get in touch with school counselors or about regular application workshops and university representative visits. Plenty of students didn’t even know when their application deadlines were.
While it was disconcerting for me to see so many students confused about transfer, I felt validated helping those students with transfer goals. Sharing their same ambition to go to university, it was important for me to make sure everyone I helped had the proper information and knew the right steps towards smooth and successful university transfer. Education is something very valuable to me and having the opportunity to help other students further their education felt incredibly rewarding.
After talking to many students from the first few tabling events, the importance of serving one’s community dawned on me. If the Transfer Squad didn’t exist, then a significant number of students could have fell behind on their life goals. At the time when I asked a person to do my thesis for me I learned that everyone must do their part to make the world a better place, so that when we as individuals need other people’s help they will be there to serve us.
I also help my school by tutoring in our math lab and helping with the installation and marketing of the school’s makerspace, but neither feel as impactful as the time I spent with the Transfer Squad. Both for my school and myself.