By Oscar Sweeten-Lopez, Team Lead, Dell Scholars Program
In order to save money, Sergio, now 30, started his college career at a two-year community college and later successfully transferred to a four-year university, walking out with a diploma in business administration from San Diego State University.
Many low-income students have a similar plan; relatively few actually make it work. Sergio is the poster child for carefully and successfully managing the tricky transition. With guidance from his high school’s AVID college-readiness program, Sergio was able to map out a detailed plan to ensure his finances would be in order and his community college credits would be accepted at San Diego State, putting him on a path to earn his desired major within four years. “I really had to manage everything carefully to be where I am right now,” Sergio says.