Noah Sanchez, a Collegiate High School student, talks with Jessica Lopez, a health science map adviser, on March 29 during College Day.

Universities help answer students’ questions about transfer process, next steps

When the end of a semester is near, many students anxiously think, “What’s next?” 

Del Mar College made it one step easier with College Day on March 29 at the Harvin Center, where students had the opportunity to meet with numerous universities and their recruiters.

Noah Sanchez, who started at Collegiate High School in 2021, said that opportunity has helped prepare him to further his education once he graduates.

Sanchez spoke with recruiters of several colleges at the event.

“The medical field draws my attention because there’s so much about the human body that is so complex,” said Sanchez, who hopes to be a surgical technician.

He spoke with Jessica Lopez, a health science map adviser who represented Del Mar’s nursing program, to gain more information on his career options.

Sanchez said if he could choose any school to attend it would be at the University of Texas at Austin.

Izabella Martinez, a DMC biology major, said she likes that Del Mar provides advising before registering for classes and most importantly that they focus on having credits transferable.

Martinez visited with Loida Gonzalez Utley, the assistant director of transfer recruitment from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, who assisted with questions about the university.

“I would probably choose TAMUCC because it’s close, convenient and I can transfer a lot of my credits as well,” Martinez said.

Martinez said she is eager for the next step and hopes to become a forensic scientist.

Utley said she is happy to assist students with all questions they have about admissions and any concerns with credits.

She has been recruiting students from Del Mar since 2019, once she started her position at TAMUCC.

“I feel like our partnership with Del Mar is supportive,” Utley said. “The students have been successful.”

She said Del Mar has done a great job assisting students with the transfer process.

Utley encourages students to reach out early to avoid any unwanted surprises.

“What saddens us the most are two things: when students come to us and find out some courses don’t transfer or if they keep maxing out their financial aid.”

She recommends contacting an adviser to prepare for the next step.

“We want to guide you,” Utley said.

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