What do you know about your school?

What happens to students at Diablo Valley College?

First, let's look at some statistics from 2013:

DVC has a total enrollment of 20,286 students - 52 percent were women, 48 percent were men.

DVC is pretty ethnically diverse. While 44 percent of students were white, 22% of students were Latino, 15 percent Asian, and six percent were African American. Minority enrollment is 64 percent of the total student body.

Most students at DVC (64 percent) are between the ages of 18-24, while 32 percent were between the ages of 25 to 64.

Scholarships or grant awards are received by one-third of students totaling about $2,477.

DVC costs $1,288 for in-state residents, while out-of-state students pay $7,925 - that's a 515% increase (2015/2016) - that's a topic for another post.

"The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to DVC is $19,750 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $26,386. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,386."

DVC offers over 40 areas of study . . .

So where will you end up?

The latest statistics on this are from 2009/2010. The most popular destination was California State University, East Bay with 287 transfers. Berkeley was next with 240 transfers. San Francisco State University accepted 198 DVC transfers, while the University of California, Davis was the destination for 172. Many others went to other CSUs or UCs.

So once you get accepted to that school of your dreams what exactly do you want to do? Before you answer that question, go the The Bureau of Labor Statistics and look up the wage data for that occupation.

So where do you want to complete your studies and what is your major? Do you feel that the costs you will have to pay to get to your occupation are worth it? Is there a cheaper way to accomplish your career goals?

Comments

  1. I mostly want to major in Business marketing but might settle on business economic. It is hard for me to think is it worth it or not. The only thing I know this is my last chance as a student or in my life, since I failed a lot of time in my life. However, It is hard to calculate worth it or not. The only thing I know is that if we try our best on everything, every option worth a lot!

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  2. I want to major in Nursing and I want to complete it at CSUEB because of the fact that they have a great program. The cost for going to the school is totally worth it! It is so much cheaper than other universities and have a great graduation rate. For my goals, this is the cheapest way and also one of the best!

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  3. My major is Nursing and I want to complete my studies in CSUEB. It will be enough since nurses have a pretty good salary.There is no cheapest way, CSUEB is a great choice to pursue nursing.

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  4. I dud't really get the concept of this post, I thought it was just going to be pros and cons of going to college. Going off of what it was actually talking about, t is worth going to college for me because so far, i am not paying anything out of pocket for school because of scholarships and grants. Also, even if i wasn't getting scholarships and grants, i would be able to pay off my debt with my job as a nurse.

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  6. I want to complete my studies at Cal State East Bay, i'm currently interested in nursing. If that doesn't work out, I would at least want to be somewhere in the medical field. I feel that the cost is worth my occupation because it's not something you can easily get into, it takes hard work and a lot of time. I had an opportunity to go to Unitek to become an LVN for a 16 month program but I decided to stay at East Bay since I already got accepted.

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  7. My major is Nursing, I want to become a Neonatal-Nurse working in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). I do feel that the costs I have to pay is worth it because I will be making good money and by the time I am finish with school I will be able to pay off all my debt. I believe that money should not be a limit to your goals. At the end of the day, you pay a price for everything so why not pay the price to do something you LOVE for a lifetime!

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  8. Areej Abed
    I am currently majoring in Health Science and would not mind completing my education here at California State University. Although the costs could be very expensive, I do think it is worth it all in the end. My major is pretty broad, therefore I can branch out with whatever it is I want to do. There are definitely cheaper alternatives to accomplish my career goals, for example going to a community college for two years then transferring. However, doing so I know I would get easily distracted from my studies because I would not take it as serious as I take CSUEB. I am hoping to graduate in four years with my Bachelor's degree then hopefully get my Master's.

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  10. As of now, I am a nursing student at Cal State East Bay. Even though the costs is a bit expensive, it's worth it to study at there. There's never a cheapest way to achieve my goals. Nothing in this world is free. As long as I know what I want to do in the future, this is the right path for me.

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  11. As for now I have not chosen where I want to go exactly but I am looking into San Francisco state university, I am studying to become a radiologist. I feel that with the expenses for going to college for this major is worth it because at the end I will be making money and not losing money once I have graduated and got a job since radiology is really expanding now a days. There's not a cheaper way to accomplish these goals I did choose to come to community college so I can at least get my associates with paying less money than a university but now that I have to transfer to a University expenses are not going to go down. I am hopefully going to graduate with my associates next semester and hoping I'll finish my bachelors in two years. I know that this is the right major for me so I feel that I am going in the right direction.

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  12. I am a Computer Science major and I would like to complete my studies in UCBerkeley. I know that UC Berkeley is a tough university to enter and if DVC has a higher rate of transferring to that university then the money spent on DVC should be worth it. Of course, as a non-resident citizen, I still have to pay the fees of an international student but I feel like since Computer Science majors are highly sought after and I wouldn’t have to worry a lot about paying my debt back.

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  13. Currently I'm majoring in computer science and my dream school is UC Berkeley or Carnegie Mellon University. After I get into my dream school, I want to work in the software developer specifically for application. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistic, I will earn approximately $48.12 per hour. Furthermore, there's 5.7 per 1000 jobs that are looking for software developer. Therefore I believe it is worth to earn my degree. There's a cheaper way to earn my degree which is through learning it myself with resources in the internet, however I believe going to school can help me to make connection which might lead to future business partnership and also a diploma which can show my credentials to my future boss.

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  14. I would personally like to complete my studies at a UC campus, because before I went through some personal health challenges I was attending the University of California, Irvine. I really liked the career opportunities and corresponding salaries as well as the great education I received at UCI and would be very excited to enter an environment exactly like that once again. I would like to be a a law, economics, or finance major and part of the reason I am targeting these areas of study are, because average salary data has illustrated to me a career in one of these areas would prove more feasible or worthy for me, than had I forgone college. So I definitely feel that the costs that I am incurring in order to get my ideal occupation are worthy. I have very specific career goals that require a college degree and in most cases a masters degree as well, so I know that their isn't a cheaper path to get me to my goals. But, if I knew of a path of less schooling and therefore less expense I would definitely consider that over the expensive path that I am currently embarking on.

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  15. I am majoring in computer Science, and I would like to transfer to UCSD to completing my education. the cost is worth depends on our acquisition, such as the critical thinking, logical thought will benefit in our further career. it seems not worth for some student who is waste time and play during college. the job opportunity is high in computer field, so the cost still worth it. Nowadays, we can find some videos online which is cheaper and well explained.

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  16. Right now I am majoring in pre-nursing at CSU East Bay, but I plan to switch out and go into Kinesiology for therapeutic studies. I plan to continue and complete my studies here at because to me, it's a great school and financially, it's what my family can afford to take me to when it comes to four-year institutions. Thankfully I receive financial aid through my fathers military benefits, so I don't have to pay the full tuition amount. Because of this, I definitely believe I'm getting my moneys worth of education to get into my occupation. As for a different route, I personally don't know of any but there probably is cheaper ways to go about getting into my future occupation.

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  17. I am currently attending CSU East Bay and majoring in pre-nursing but I do have a plan if nursing does not work out.I'm also getting more and more information about other ways I can become a nurse because the nursing program here is very competitive and hard to get into. There is more paths for becoming a nurse but those paths can maybe affect the job you end up getting, maybe the path you took won't get you the same pay as another person who went to a four year and got into the nursing program and graduated but there is cheaper alternatives just the outcome may not be as simliar. I do believe it's worth it at the end though not only because the pay but if you really enjoy helping others, being a nurse will make you feel good about yourself and you will always look forward to going to work. I am able to receive financial aid in order to cover the costs for attending school and I also work but I feel like if I wouldn't I would really have to evaluate if it is worth it to continue on the education route because when you can't afford something or you have other priorities to pay it's really difficult to decide and plus there is also very good jobs out there that pay good and may be a job you like.

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  19. I am a student in Cal State East Bay majoring in pre-nursing. I do not have any plans of transferring. I know that the nursing program is impacted but I will try my best to get in the program and stay here. I am on staying and complete my education here. The nursing program is great. I believe the tuition is diffidently worth it. Once I graduate and start working it will be able to see that all the effort and cost was worth it. Nursing is a great career and a well paid job there is a lot of jobs out there for nurses. There is a cheaper way to accomplish my career. I can take classes at community college they transfer the units. It will cost less since classes are cheaper at community college. There is also others schools that are cheaper. Those schools have nursing programs as well but still don't plan on transferring from Cal State East Bay to another school to complete my education. There is many other ways to become a nurse it just depends which path you decide to take.

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  20. My major is biochemistry. Initially, I wasn’t planning on going to East Bay, but it was very close to home and would save the most money for a college education. I wanted to transfer to UC Davis in two years actually, which was my dream school. Since I’m saving a lot of money by living at home and going to school, I think the costs to get to my occupation are fair. It’s worth it if I can easily find a job afterward, so I can’t say if it was worth it until then. I’m under the belief that I will leave East Bay with an internship or a job, so until that isn’t the case- I think the costs are worth it. For other students that are boarding or paying ridiculously large amounts for room and meal plans, I don’t think it’s worth it for the same degree from a cheaper route. Sometimes, I wish I could’ve gone to a junior college like Chabot or Ohlone, then transfer to a really good UC. Because my chances of transferring to a UC from a CSU aren’t as good compared to a junior college or CC. That plan saves a lot of money too. I think students who are struggling financially should consider going to a community for two years then transferring and only paying the ridiculous UC tuition and costs for two years for the same degree. The only downside to that is the solitude in community college. At least in East Bay, it’s easier to make friends and talk to other people. At Chabot or Ohlone, people typically keep to themselves so it’s hard to make friends. On top of that, you’d have to watch all your peers having the time of their lives in the typical college life of partying or new experiences through social media. It’s the emotional toll and motivation that hits you in community college. But if one is determined enough, the community college route is definitely a good plan. However, the route I’m personally taking right now is fine. I’m in CSR (Center for Student Research), and I get $250 in tuition assistance for every conference I attend and in addition to that, I try to apply to as much scholarships as I can. I think I’m doing well working with what I have where I’m at right now.

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  21. Anthonete (Tubs) Cantiller
    ENGL 1001-10

    Right off the bat, the title of this article caught my attention because I thought I knew a lot about my school, but I really don’t. I am currently a first year college student at California State University, East Bay and is hoping to major in Health Science and minor in Business unless I change my mind through the process. Whenever someone asks me why I choose and went to this college instead of other ones near home I would always respond that all my sisters went and go here. I don't plan to transfer to other schools anytime soon. I am the youngest of four girls in my family and two of my older sisters have graduated from this college and my other sister is currently a third year here. I mainly choose to go here because it was the best financially for my parents since all my sisters choose this college too. I’m basically getting paid to go here with the help of financial aid. Anyways, there is a cheaper way of accomplishing my career and it would be going to CCSF because it’s free there but I wanted to go to CSUEB to meet new people and explore more. I only know two other people from my high school who go here and I personally haven’t seen them on campus yet. So far, I feel like I am living the “college life”. I really like the people I’ve met so far and the teachers or professors in this case are very helpful with the transition. As the first quarter is somewhat coming to an end I am sad to say that I wouldn’t be seeing the same people at the same times next quarter but that is life. At the end of the day I’m glad I choose CSUEB to go to college because I wouldn’t have to deal with the people who gave me stress in my high school life.

    Back to the topic of how well I know my school, in my junior year of high school I did some research about this school and made a powerpoint but I am not sure of how accurate it is now since it’s 2 years old. I know that this college is located in Hayward and that there is a Sonics about 10 minutes away. The sophomore retention rate was roughly 63% back then so I am guessing that it went up a little. I also know that this is the last year of a quarter system and that it’s switching over to semester system next year. The school is very diverse and has a one percent of out of state students. The school offers many different groups to join along with many active sport teams. Overall, this school was only a 30-45 minute drive from home and has many new open doors I can walk through. I can’t wait to see what my years here has in store for me.

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  22. I want to complete my studies at the University of Nevada Reno. My major is biology/premed. I do not think that the hundreds of thousands that I will end up paying to finish medical school and get my MD is worth it; however I will do what I have to do to get my medical degree. No, there is not a cheaper way to accomplish my career goals, this mainly because in order to become a doctor you need medical training. And that training costs money.

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  23. I am currently studying in the medical field, I wanted to pursue a career in nursing, but recently changed my major to becoming a physicians assistant. I plan on finishing my studies at SFSU and applying to the physicians assistant program at UC Davis after graduating. There are many ways to get a cheap education and if I were to have changed my career at a university I would be out more money now then here at DVC. Some students even take online classes to reduce the cost of getting an education. Going to a community college is not a bad thing and its a great cheap alternative especially if you are unsure what you want to do with your career. I feel the total cost of my career is worth it to an extent because my position is one that is valued and many are always going to need health care. Although it may be worth it in the end the amount of students loans is way too high and will take me a decent amount of time to pay it off. It feels like you have to put out a lot of money, which in some cases is way too much money to make a lot of money.

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  24. My major is economic and i am going to transfer to UC Davis or UC Irvine. Moreover, i applied for the tag to UC Davis because this is a guarantee to be enrolled. The reason of majoring economic is i am not really interested in other major. Economics can let me have multi job choice no matter what country. Because the economics's concept is pretty same in everywhere. This also work with a lot of positions or departments. Now, the cost of studying in DVC is not expensive to me because i am living with family. So i do not need to pay rent, all i need to pay is what i eat and buy. But after transferred to UC Davis, the tuition of international students is extremely high and need to pay the rent. So I have to work very hard during study in UC Davis.

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  25. I want to eventually transfer to either UCLA or USC to complete the rest of my studies. My desired major is in biotechnology where I want to receive a job as a genealogist. The college is also in a great location for me to pursue my passion and be an on screen actress. I do believe that the cost for my schooling will be worthwhile because the demand for women in the STEM careers are at an all time high and a lot of jobs are guaranteed. There really isn't a other way that will guarantee the same amount of money unless I get famous beforehand.

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  26. I would want to complete part of my studies at CSUEB getting a BSN and then transfer to UCSF and get my masters in nursing. My major is nursing. I feel that the cost of my overall education will be worth it because at the end of my schooling I will have my dream job. To me, becoming a nurse is more rewarding and the fact that I will make a difference in people’s life, is priceless. There is no way I would stop pursuing my dream just because the schooling can get expensive. Although I want to go to CSUEB and UCSF, I know there is no other way that would be cheaper to achieve my goal, those are two both great schools anyways, so overall the cost is worth it

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  27. I am pursuing a Business Administration major, in which I aim to transfer to Haas School of Business in UC Berkeley. Further on, I will take my MBA to complete my studies in the field of business. Growing up, I had many dreams on what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. However, knowing that a I had to make a decision on a specific major allowed me to really think of the one thing I really wanted to do. I want to be a CEO of a company.

    College costs a lot and it will cost even more when I transfer to a university. But my family has instilled in me that no matter how expensive it may be, it will all be worth it in the end and only good comes out of it. I believe, now, that the amount put into my education is an investment for my family as I will be able to achieve greater things in the future with the best education I can achieve. In the future, after climbing the corporate ladder to achieve the position I desire, I will be earning around $110,000 annually - according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. One way or another, I will find my way around it and be able to attain the initial capital and earn more to feed my family.

    To me, there are cheaper ways to accomplish my career goals as I can easily start my own business and run it the way I want it to be. However, I understand college does not only provide me with a degree, experience and knowledge, but it offers the connections and networking opportunity I will have to take advantage of in order to achieve greater things. Without going to college, which is the cheaper option, I would be able to accomplish my goals, but in a different, more simplistic perspective.

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  28. As of the moment my major is nursing and I personally would like to transfer to the University of San Francisco. Even though the pricing is pretty high I feel that it's worth it. Nursing is something I've wanted to do for a while and I feel that the price wouldn't stop me. However, I do believe that the textbook prices shouldn't be so high. Financially I do believe there are ways for my journey to be cheaper. For one, taking classes here at DVC is cheaper for myself and I'm still getting the same lessons as I would at the University. Also there are numerous sources that could help me such as FASFA, Scholarships, and saved money from DVC. Relating back to the article, I believe its ridiculous that out-of-state tuition is a lot higher for those in California and those living near the school.

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  29. I am studying in computer science and want to go calpoly slo. I think it is worth to go to college, but the huge problem is I really don’t want to take equipment course that I have no interest at all like physics and chemistry, which is not necessary and depends on the fields I go. I also think about coding boot camp is a great option, but when it comes to work in different country, usually the company see if the person have a degree of not so I am good at college.

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  30. Turner Phillips
    I attend DVC currently. I want to continue my studies at either Sacramento State or Chico State because they are the best schools for my major construction management. Chico will cost more money than Sacramento because I will be paying for school, living, and food. Sacramento I would be able to still live at home and only have to pay for gas and school. I know Sacramento will be cheaper in the long run, but I want to go to a school where I’ll be successful in my occupation. The only cheaper route I have is attending Sacramento because I’ll be eliminating living, and groceries from my expenses.
    -Turner Phillips

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  31. I would like to complete my studies at one of the UC schools, if i stay in California for the remainder of my degree plan. I am following the pre-med route and currently majoring biology to meet the prerequisites for medical school. After I will go to a medical school somewhere in Texas, due to the tuition-free schooling I am eligible for because I enlisted in Texas. The costs I will pay in my situation are not nearly as substantial as someone who is paying for a four-year degree and medical school out-of-pocket, so I absolutely think it is worth it. If i wanted to completely avoid the cost of paying for medical school, I could try to join the military with 4-year degree and have the military pay for my schooling, however that would require me to obligate several years of military service after i completed my education.

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  32. Currently I'm studying at DVC as a Pharmaceutical major, but during my first year I was a Business Administration major. It wasn't until my second year that I realized I needed capital to start a business, so that's why I changed to a major I was passionate with, Pharmaceuticals. I'm also studying Japanese to be able to work in Japan in the Pharmaceutical industry, one of the top industries in Japan.

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  33. I hope in the future I could complete a second option or minor, which would either be in drawing or multi-media. I am not too sure where I would like to complete my studies. Maybe I would continue here in the Bay Area or back in Los Angeles or San Diego. I know I wouldn’t leave california to continue my education. I think having another degree would be worth it even if it does costs a couple thousand more to complete my studies. Because personally I do think I will go back to school later in life because I do like school, even if it does give me a headache. As of right now, I think the cheapest way to accomplish my career goals would be either to save up or to apply for grants and scholarships. Or have my future hubby help pay for my classes, which could be another cheaper way paid for school.

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  34. Currently, I am enrolled at California State University, East Bay but I soon will be applying to other universities and my own university seeking to be accepted in the Nursing program. I would love to stay in the Bay Area so SF State and CSU East Bay are my main choices for nursing school. CSUEB is known to have a very diverse population, and maybe even the most diverse in the United States. CSUEB has a student population of 15,528 and 13,058 of them are of undergraduate population. In state tuition per quarter will cost $6,564 and out of state tuition will cost $17,724. At East Bay, I am currently a pre-nursing student and I have completed all pre-requisite courses. As mentioned before, I will be applying to several nursing programs but I’m also interested in sports medicine majors that will ultimately lead to becoming a physical therapist. I believe my career interests are definitely worth the costs that they come with, but the costs definitely depend on where I choose to transfer. For nursing school, CSUEB is a great choice because it’s a well-known program but it’s not as expensive as other universities. Other universities, will be a more expensive route because I will have to live on campus or in another city. CSUEB would be the cheapest way to accomplish my undergraduate goals, because I can live at home and still attend this university.

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  35. My major is currently Nursing but I hope to transfer to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Although nursing programs are competitive everywhere now, I am trying my best to achieve my dream of working in a hospital helping others making an impact in their lives. I do feel that the college costs that I am spending is worth it because there is no rewarding feeling than helping others. I think going to a community college is a cheaper option because trade schools for nursing cost more.

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  36. Since I am transferring next transfer, I am hopeful that I would be able to be enrolled in one of the schools that I applied to. They are Cornell University, New York University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - Irvine, University of California - Davis and University of California - San Diego. I am majoring in Business Administration and I am hoping that I can do it with a focus in Finance. My reason to major in Business Administration with a focus in Finance is simple; I did not know which major to choose and Business Administration is the major that provides the most general and broad knowledge that I could ever get out of a major. I did not want to do anything difficult and troublesome as I am not passionate in science or anything related to that. Also, I want to save time and money. However, I have always known what I want to do after I graduate, which is to become an investment banker. My father was a banker once and I was intrigued by how the executives do their jobs and understand the world of finance. They understand how the economy of the world works and they are paid handsomely. Therefore, I believe that the costs I will have to pay to get to my occupation are worth it. Being an investment banker is never easy. Many people have told me that although any majors could be accepted to be an investment banker, the school choice does matter. In other words, the top firms would only hire those from a top school. Most of the top schools with the best business programs are expensive, but that does not stop me from aspiring to be an investment banker. I feel that my education now is an investment. I believe that my major has a high return on investment, and I feel that everything is going to be worth it. I may not be an investment banker for the rest of my life, however, I believe that it is one of the best first jobs to do and I believe that I can use it as a stepping stone to do something greater. There are cheaper ways to accomplish my career goals. At the end of the day, with the knowledge that I would be getting, I would love to be have my own business. No degrees are required to be an entrepreneur, but while in college, I would make new friends from different walks of life and gain some experience and insight on how things usually work in the business world. Therefore, I believe that there are cheaper ways to accomplish my career goals, however, going to college - with all the costs incurred - I would be able to maximize my career goals.

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  37. I hope to become an elementary school teacher. In order to reach this goal I am majoring in Liberal Studies and would like to go to Sacramento Sate University. After getting my BA, I need to get a teachers credential which takes about a year. Although I won't be getting paid as much as an engineer, I will be able to pay off my debts and live a simple comfortable life.

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  38. As an international student studying in Diablo Valley College (DVC), I acknowledge the huge difference between my tuition fee with those who have the US citizen card. However, I made my decision to study here after doing my research on the acceptance rates of different universities. DVC has a quite high acceptance rate into different universities, in state as well as out of state. Being here for more than a year now, I realized how the subjects here do vary and they are actually useful. I am applying to the UCs and a couple other universities as a film major, hoping to hear the good news of being accepted. My plan after graduating university is to be one of the female directors existing in the film industry today. I would like to help people convey their untold feelings, through the movies I create. I feel like getting a degree from one of the UCs could help me accomplish my dream because it is one of the top universities in the United States.
    NYFA or other academic Film schools might be the cheapest way to achieve my goals, because they focus on teaching us the basics of filmmaking. However, the fact that film schools are not universities would make them one of my last choices.

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  39. As an international student, learning about the tuition gap in DVC is a bitter pill to swallow. Not only does the tuition amount is vastly different, but both international student and local student get the same education. But all this is a small matter to the fact that i am here to get a better education compare to what i will get if i learn back in my home country. As a computer science student, i know that i will get a good job once i graduate from university. But that job is paved by hard work and dedication. Looking at how much work i need to do, and how competitive this major is, it sometimes discourages me in pursuing a computer science major. Although it's a hard major to do, and it will take a lot of time to practice, i believe that if i do the thing i love to do, i will enjoy every step that i need to take to get that degree.

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