Students explore universities at Falcon Square


Bianca Salgado

Transfer Counselor Co-Director/ Counselor, Brittany Lundeen (left),shows third year student, Lizeth Sanchez (right) the dates of when to apply for transferring next fall. Lizeth is a Criminal Justice major and she is considering to apply to UCLA and CSU Long Beach. Photo credit: Bianca Salgado

Rob Flores

Britanny Lundeen, Transfer Center Co-Director/ Counselor hoped a scavenger hunt would help students find out about the programs offered at universities because students make the mistake of selecting a transfer campus simply because the location is close.

41 universities participated at the University Mega Fair Thursday Sept. 3 2015.

The event took place at Falcon Square from 10 a.m-1 p.m.

The scavenger hunt consisted of interacting with two UC, two CSU, and two private schools to find out three facts aside from GPA and units required.

In addition students were required to ask for the population of the campus and explain which campus students may consider; afterward students took the form to the prize table.

Lundeen recalls planning this event as early as March of this year.

Communications major Marcella Penunuri, volunteered at the event for the first time and said that volunteers can easily be spotted with blue shirts and a name badge.

Nursing major Paulina Gomez said she heard about the volunteer opportunity because she is in the honors program and registered two weeks ago.

Outreach and Recruitment Manager Lissa Sherman represented the booth for Columbia College Hollywood, which is a four-year bachelor of fine arts campus.

She explained that her campus provides students the option of majoring in two options; cinema or cinema and television.

However, students can specialize in two areas of concentration: directing, producing, writing, cinematography, editing/VFX, acting, and new media.

CCH is a private non-profit campus and tuition is $21,200.

Associate director of Admission Betsie Rugg Stassen represented the booth for Hawaii Pacific University and said this was her first year attending the Cerritos College University Mega Fair.

Stassen explained that the campus is a private institution and tuition is the same for in-or-out of state students.

The campus is said to be popular for abroad programs including Norway and China.

International and business major Elvira Marquez asked about Hawaii Chinese Pacific University and enjoyed that they offer Chinese courses and has an International Business major.

She said, “When I came out of class and saw tables from afar i thought it was another club info day but I was happy to interact with the universities.”

The Mega Fair also served as a field trip for Los Alisos Middle School Hawaii student Angie Fuentes, who was excited to speak to various Universities.

Fuentes is currently in the eighth grade as a member of her AVID program.

Her favorite booth was USC because she wants to major in robotics and engineering.

Some of the universities that participated were UC Berkley, Arizona State University, Chapman University, and Biola University.

The Transfer Center hosts three fairs every year; the next event will be on Tuesday Nov. 17 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. in Falcon Square, however in the event it rains the location will be changed to the Student Center.