Transfer Student Settles Into University Life

Junior transfer student Adrienne Soto knew she wanted to attend LMU after a field trip to the campus during her sophomore year of high school.

“I use to want to attend Pepperdine or USC but I didn’t feel I belonged there,” she says. “When I visited LMU, I instantly knew this was the university for me.”
Junior transfer student Adrienne Soto knew she wanted to attend LMU after a field trip to the campus during her sophomore year of high school.

Soto was unsure of her career path, so she enrolled at Santa Monica College to complete her general education requirements. Upon her decision to pursue a career in elementary bilingual education, she applied and was accepted to LMU.

“When I received my acceptance letter, my mom and I burst into tears of joy, knowing that our hard work and determination paid off,” Soto says, explaining how her parents left behind a life in Mexico so that she and her brother would have greater educational opportunities. “I am most grateful to them and I am dedicating my college career to their sacrifice.”

Soto, a liberal studies major, says making the transition from a community college was not difficult. “I took Paul Jimenez’s Teacher Seminar Preparation, which focuses on helping transfer students get settled into LMU,” she says. Now in her second semester at LMU, Soto says she’s settled in and “loving it.”

Between classes, Soto works as an assistant in the Women Studies department, and as an assistant with the Teacher Prep Pipeline, where she helps coordinate events for transfer students like herself. Next fall, she and two classmates plan to establish an on-campus club for aspiring teachers.

Soto is already looking beyond her undergraduate studies. She plans to go straight into a master’s degree program at LMU, and intends to pursue a doctorate soon after so that she can become a part-time university professor and guide prospective teachers just as LMU professors have guided her.

“I like that my professors know my name by the third class meeting; they notice that I attend class and that I am more than an I.D. number,” she says, adding that she often encourages other prospective students to come to LMU and tells them to not feel discouraged by the cost of tuition.

“I am able to attend LMU because of financial aid and my great determination to be here,” she says. “I believe anything is possible as long as you never lose that determination and motivation.”

 

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