I Can’t Go Back and Pick Up Where I Left Off

My last post I talked about the graduation of my dreams (you can read about it here) from West Los Angeles College. I decided to go back to CSU San Bernardino (CSUSB) to finish my Bachelors Degree. I thought it would be easy for me to get back in and finish. I also felt that it was something I had to do, to redeem myself. I was wrong. While my GPA allowed me to be admitted into the University my GPA however, was not high enough to get back into the major or any major for that matter. This left me not being able to return to CSUSB.

How Transfer GPA Works..

When I first transferred to CSUSB the classes I took at community college transferred over as credit. The grades didn’t count towards your GPA, and when I started attending CSUSB, my previous GPA didn’t follow me. It was a fresh start with a fresh, blank GPA. This is no longer the case.

Now, when you transfer to a university from a community college you send all the transcripts from high school, and all colleges you’ve attended to the university you wish to attend. Colleges now factor in all classes so that they can get your cumulative GPA which is used to determine if you meet the GPA requirements for admission. This GPA follows you when you enter any college.

A Blessing in Disguise

I seriously thought about this situation because I was bummed that I couldn’t finish the degree I started. I couldn’t redeem myself. I realized that this is a blessing in disguise. I thought about how I started over my going back to West Los Angeles College, starting over, getting two degrees, graduating with honors, and how I did it my way.

Then I read a quote online… “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something that’s broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” This is what I needed to hear to light that fire that inspires me to go after it without fear.

I decided I am taking this blessing and using it go to go the University of my dreams! It was right then and there, that a plan was hatched. I would stay at West Los Angeles College for an additional two semesters to take the general education classes I need (the ones I took previous to WLAC are not transferable) in order to transfer. I am currently executing this plan.

Story Continues in “Applying to University” 

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