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My name is Nereida Arroyo-Ramirez and I’m a recent graduate of the Community College of Aurora. At CCA, I earned an associate of science (AS) degree in biology.

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Students throwing their caps in their air In a few days, I will be the first person in my family to hold a college degree. While my time at the Community College of Aurora may be finished, I feel like my academic journey is just beginning. I think about where I will be next year, as I begin my final year of undergraduate studies, and I wonder what I will be doing. I think about the year afterwards, when I will be able to truly call myself an anthropologist, and I think about the kind of work I might find. As I think of the journey ahead of me, my thoughts turn to where I have been. I chose the Community College of Aurora for a silly reason. It was equidistant from my home with Arapahoe Community College, but I could take the interstate to CCA. I laugh now, that such a small thing shaped so much of my life. Choosing CCA has utterly changed me. I chose an academic discipline - Anthropology. In my studies of Anthropology, I have examined culture and social norms, and had my eyes opened to how different we all are, yet how those differences, oddly, unite us.

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Woman with illustrated question marks over her headSo you think you're ready to transfer after graduation? Are you sure? Take a moment to think about which four-year college you want to attend because you need to consider some important things such as finances, schedules, and what you plan to study. We can help. The Community College of Aurora has resources and information ready to help you make your transfer decision easier. Before you plan your transfer, think about these seven questions:

  1. What are your passions?

What is it that you like to do or you think you would like to do? Before you consider transferring, make sure that the path or field you are studying is the right one for you.

Students looking at the cameraIs this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to? You're not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go. Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:

Jonski Ortiz has attended CCA since 2014 and is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office. What's her advice? “Try to meet people. Try to sit in the front of the class." "Definitely use your resources; try to be involved in campus.”        

Josh Morgan has attended CCA since spring 2014. What's his advice? “Talk to your professors to see what you can do to improve your work." "Carpool if needed and also take public transportation; it can be hectic to get to school on time." "I would recommend going to the tutoring lab.”    

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