By Erik Luna
Conflicting schedules and offerings of classes at East Los Angeles College hinder student’s efforts to transfer to four-year universities.
As an Elan on his third semester, I’ve always tried to focus on getting my math and English classes done, but class schedules and the time those classes start usually mess up my plans for the semester.
This can be an even bigger problem than most students think, because the time between certain classes can really mess up a student’s thought process.
For example, a student that took Math 125 in the fall may not remember everything they learned in that class in the fall of next year, when they have to take their next math class.
This is the problem that faces students every semester.
It’s a better strategy to take classes consecutively, rather than wait until you forget everything you learned in previous classes and risk getting a fail in the class.
I’ve ran into other students that shared the same problems, and were always disappointed because they couldn’t transfer sooner because they couldn’t take the necessary classes.
Many students are partly to blame because they don’t take precautions to go to a counselor and figure out their plans for their education future.
Some students even take classes that they cannot use to transfer, simply because they did not know of the transfer requirements.
Those students wasted a huge amount of their time on these classes.
This can simply be avoided by asking the right questions, to the right people.
Having the courage to ask questions out in the open can help a student get to where they plan to go.
Elans, or any college student should not feel that they are trapped by their surroundings.
Elans who speak English as a second language classes can find their situation especially difficult.
Many foreign students find it more difficult to ask questions because they feel they are at a risk of sounding stupid, or they simply feel they cannot express their concerns with counselors.
These Elans should take in consideration that there are people dedicated to help them find out solutions for their educational future, and that such help can always be provided.
Many Elans also don’t realize how many people compete to add classes.
Lotteries held by instructors never work out for all of the students, and losers can feel cast to the side in those situations.
It’s all about a student’s self-dedication, and how much he or she is willing to make an effort to make something of themselves.
If they can’t get into classes, they need to find a way to work things out, maybe talk to teachers and see if there is anything they can possibly do to add them.
Determination can go a long way for students who are desperate for classes. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s a start.