Transfer Success Stories

June 2021 success story

Andrea Akabike 

Andrea Akabike

Transfer School:

University of California, Berkeley

Transfer Major:

American  Studies

What term/year did you transfer?

Spring 2010

What kinds of activities and/or programs did you participate in at Cerritos College?

Scholars’ Honors Program

What activities and/or programs did you participate in at the university?

Biology Scholars Program, Stiles Hall, Student Support Services Scholars program via the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3), CHORI Summer Research Program

Words of wisdom for future transfer students:

If there was one piece of advice I could give to future transfer students, it would be to always stay in their lane and keep their eyes on the prize. It is very easy to get caught up with comparing yourself to others along your journey, which can hinder you from staying focused on your goals and reaching your full potential. As Oprah once said, “You can only run your own race. Stay in your own lane. Don’t look at what others are doing. Those that look back in the race usually fall off.”

Career and future goals:

Through many years of hard work and perseverance, I achieved my career goal of becoming a dentist. In June 2020, I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. I currently practice as a general dentist in the Bay Area


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