Haley Steele

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California State University, Monterey Bay/California State University, Stanislaus

Gregori Class of 2015


Weighted GPA at Gregori: 3.5 to 3.9

SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): N/A

SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): N/A

ACT Composite Score: N/A

What extracurriculars would you recommend listing on your application?

I would say volunteer hours are a big thing that you should list on an application. Volunteer hours are often not mandatory and show that you are willing to go out of your way to help a cause that you care about. I also think that school activities should be listed such as: athletics, clubs, and leadership. By listing all of the above, colleges can see how well rounded you are.

When applying to colleges, did you consider applying to scholarships? When did you begin to look into them? How did you find scholarships to apply to?

I never did and it is one of my biggest regrets. I think that because "how I would be paying for school" wasn't an issue, that I never thought about it. Even though my school would be paid for without loans, I could have applied for scholarships to show an effort to save my parents some money, that I appreciated their gift of school, and maybe actually save them some money.

Would you recommend going to a community college and then transferring to a different college? Why or why not? Is it easy to transfer schools?

If money is an issue, then I would highly recommend community college. For me, it was never really seen as an option because I felt that community college "was not as successful" as a university. General education courses are going to be the same no matter where you go. However, if you are fortunate enough and able to attend a four year, I would highly recommend this option. In this way, one can experience dorm life, an easier means of making friends, campus life, athletics, etc. I personally transferred schools, but not from community college to a four year. I transferred from a Cal State to another Cal State. My transfer was difficult because CSUMB "piggybacks" a general education course to cover more than one general education requirement where as CSUSTAN does not. Because of a miscommunication from an academic counselor at CSUSTAN, I purchased an online course at another university that I ended up not needing. That being said, don't be afraid to transfer, just make sure that you get all your answers, and then double, and even triple, check them.