Priscilla Tran

Tran headshotPriscilla Tran

Mission College '09
Cal State Monterey Bay '11
Major: Human Communications, emphasis in English Subject Matter Preparation
San Jose State (Masters on-going)

Before attending Mission College, I started my academic journey at San Jose State University.  Realizing this wasn’t the right path for me, I decided to enroll in community college and explore other options.  I worked closely with numerous staff and faculty on campus, using Counseling and Career and Transfer Center services.  And, I worked as a Student Ambassador for Outreach.  Connections like these helped me gather more information and make informed decisions about my academic goals.

Initially after transferring to CSU Monterey Bay, I had a hard time because I moved to a place where I didn’t know anybody and there wasn’t much diversity at the time.  After finally being able to settle into my classes and moving into a different apartment, I was able to get more comfortable and familiarize myself with everything around me.

Universities are bigger than community colleges and you have to be more on top of things.  You also learn to be more of a problem solver.  I wish I had utilized more of the services at Mission College and participated in more clubs. I also wish I had started there right off the bat instead of going to a four year and then going to a community college.  At CSUMB, I worked with my department advisor at lot as well as utilized the professional staff in the admissions office to make connections around campus.

Currently, I work for the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Evaluator.  I am also currently working on my Master’s degree at SJSU in Educational Counseling.  Upon finishing, I am hoping to be able to work at a community college and become a counselor as well so that I can help other students achieve their educational goals or life goals.

My advice to current Mission students:  utilize all the services that are offered and talk to a counselor early on.  Ask as many questions as possible to the counselors and the representatives that come to campus.