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Transfer Success Stories

November 2022 success story

Michael Pfirrmann 

Michael Pfirrmann

Transfer School: UCLA

Transfer Major: American Literature & Culture

What term/year did you transfer? Fall 2015

Why did you choose Cerritos College to transfer? 

Because it was close to my house 

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

I was part of Feminist Uprising, I joined the Literature Club, & I submitted a proposal for an LGBTQ Center on campus that went to a planning committee. 

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

I was part of Black Bruin Transfers Student group, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016 & 2017 Student Transfer Outreach and Mentorship Program Conference, I co-founders the Queer & Trans People of Color Space within the UCLA LGBTQ Center, I was part of a focus group for student leaders for a 5 year plan, and I was a student rep for the hiring of the new UCLA Police Chief. 

Words of wisdom for future transfer students:

Your experience is valuable. Everything that you have gone through and are learning about yourself is preparing you for being on that university campus. When you get to the campus of your choice, be brave and be a leader. Professors love transfers because we have lived experiences many of their underclassman do not. Also, when applying make sure that you give yourself enough time to write, rewrite, and edit your essays. Finally, always submit your applications a few days before the deadline to ensure that your application is submitted. 

Career and future goals:

Well, I just graduated from SJSU with my Master’s in English. I’m actually in the process of applying to PhD programs and trying to secure some adjunct teaching jobs with the hopes of becoming a tenured professor someday. Currently, I work in the public health sector as an HIV prevention educator with a primary focus on Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men. 


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