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Debbie De La Cerda: Check and Double-Check

Debbie De La CerdaHad she not worked in the admissions office of the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Debbie De La Cerda might still be trying to navigate the complexities of transferring from a community college. De La Cerda’s experience ended well, but could serve as a cautionary tale for potential transfer students. Though she always intended to get her degree from UTSA, she first attended Palo Alto Community College and San Antonio Community College in the 2+2 program to “get her feet wet.” But when she got to UTSA she forgot to tell her advisor she’d been in that program; the advisor put her in the current catalog, needlessly lengthening her degree plan.

When she landed her job in the admissions office, co-workers set Debbie straight, and she got the advisor to correct her degree plan before she took any unnecessary courses. She urges transfer students to check and double-check with their advisors to ascertain exactly what courses and associates degrees transfer. And she believes anyone entering community college should choose classes as if he or she intends to go on to a four-year school, whether that’s the case or not. “Even if you’re not sure you want to further your education try to plan ahead and make sure your coursework is transferable and credited to any university where you might want to seek your BA or BS,” Debbie cautions. “Don’t assume your education stops once you’ve received your associate degree.”