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Luisa Garcia, Nassau Community College

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 I am currently in my second semester at Nassau Community College, and every day I have to take 3 different busses just to get to campus, taking me almost 2 hours. Recently, the bus that comes near my house was cut so now it only runs every 5 hours, so my time to be at school and do what I need to do as a student is limited.

Right now, I am working towards becoming a physical therapist but have had issues trying to find what classes I need. I went to the advising office on campus, but was only told what classes I would need to get my general degree and not what would help me best prepare for once I transferred. The office attempted to help, but because they had to help so many other students I wasn’t able to get the advising that I need to make sure that I will be prepared for life after college.  Also, due to budget issues the school does not have all of the classes I will need to continue my education, so I will be behind when I transfer schools.

Right now, I am able to afford to go to school due to financial aid programs. I am very lucky to receive these, but what I will receive will not nearly cover the costs of the four year college that I will need to attend to receive my degree. I’m not sure how I’m going to afford it, right now I already have an on-campus job while I’m in classes full time an am stretched so thin.


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