We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Housing for homeless vets. 5th grade team forfeits its basketball games for a good reason. Cutting cable. Save $1000. Food Pantry. Saving at the movies. Mentor profiles. Video contest on suicide prevention for cash prizes. $20K Scholarship for Math and Science teachers. Student loan debt. UC tuition increase. Protecting immigrant students. Helping the homeless. Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship. Good time to buy a used car. San Diego City College Scholarships.
The veterans page: Housing the homeless. Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others. Video: Soldier and dog greet each other after 6 months apart. Happy Veterans Day! Helping make a Marine's dream come true. GI Bill. Friendship. Faith and PTSD. Bell tower at Miramar Cemetery. Shelter to Soldiers. Homes For Our Troops.
Memorable quote: "What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year." -- Vern McLellan.
Movies: I like going to the movie theater, but by the time I've paid for tickets for our family of four and made it back from the concession stand, I have gone through a boatload of cash. So is it possible to go to the movies without taking on a second job? Here are 15 ways to save at the theater from MSN. Hint: you might miss the popcorn, but you'll survive.
“One time Aden asked me, ‘Do you get paid to do this?’ And I said, ‘Dude, my benefit is, someone did it for me, and I hope you can go out and do something nice for someone else.’ I’m a big believer in paying it forward, and if I have the means and the ability to do it, I’m going to do it. I can’t give money, but I have time to give. That’s what we should all do to make the world a better place.” -- Derek Hegyi, volunteer mentor for Jewish Family Service of San Diego's Jewish BigPals program.
"To know that just my mere presence brings light to someone’s day is an amazing feeling that can’t be explained in words. To watch these kids grow and regain trust in society, and to achieve what they believe is the impossible, is something that still, after 10 years, surprises me every time it happens." -- Maggie McWhorter, Executive Director for StandUp For Kids
My opinion is students should avoid loan debt. The surest way to do that is to not take out student loans in the first place. How to pay for school you ask?
Live at home with parents as long as possible. This might mean you help around the house and contribute to household expenses.
Apply for financial aid. This goes without saying. Even if you don't think you qualify, submit your FAFSA and indicate "Work Study" if you are interested in a part-time job on campus. Renew your FAFSA every year.
Author Dave Ramsey says it's imperative to set up an emergency fund of $1000 asap. Whatever your budget can afford, start putting a set amount away each month until you reach $1000. How? Sell stuff you don't need. Work an extra job during school breaks. Take in a roommate to cut the rent. Having an emergency fund will save you a ton of stress when emergencies happen. It will also empower you by showing you it's possible to save.
Once you establish your emergency fund, then continue saving the same monthly amount or more if possible. Put it in a savings account toward your future college expenses.
Sometimes it's hard being a counselor at San Diego City College. We don't have the resources to help students the way we would like to, especially during the peak registration periods. We run out of appointments. We don't have enough educational planning workshops, and it's hard for students to get the help they need. This is frustrating for students, counselors, and staff. During these times, I can feel pretty exasperated and question my purpose in this profession.
There are times, however, when I'm proud to be an employee of the San Diego Community College District. The article below regarding our District's stance in protecting immigrant students is one instance in which I am glad to be a part of our District and community. It's reassuring to know that the District has the backs of our students. Kudos to Chancellor Constance Carroll for taking this stand because it's the right thing to do.
The San Diego Community College District is taking a stand to protect college students who could possibly face deportation. "There are institutions that will provide voluntary assistance (to federal immigration officers), and we will not be one of them." -- Chancellor Constance Carroll.
Volunteers helped count the numbers of homeless in San Diego. "It was an eye-opener to see people sleeping under the bridge." -- Natasha Howell of Oceanside, who helped search for homeless near Camp Pendleton. 1,700 Volunteers Hit the Street to Count, Interview the Homeless appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on January 28, 2017.
Carlos Sanz was the son of Mexican immigrants. He had to start working at a young age to help support his family and became a successful businessman. He never attended college but passed on his love of reading and education to his sons. His son Andre is a Counselor here at City College. This opportunity is for AB540 students.
Must be AB540 student
GPA 2.5 or higher
Must have a declared major
Must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) units at City College in Fall and Spring of the current academic year.
If there is no funding or there are no qualified applicants that reflect this format the scholarship will not be awarded for that year.
I am an AB540 student
Carlos Sanz Questionnaire
1. How will this scholarship help you complete your education? (250 words max)
2. What adversity have you faced in pursuing your education? (250 words max)
"I was in such a bad place. I remember thinking, 'How am I going to get out of this?' And then I saw that face, and I just felt something. And when you don't usually feel much and you finally feel something, you kind of have to act on that." -- Army veteran, Karolyn Smith, on seeing her cat, Sophia, for the first time on San Diego Humane Society's Facebook page.
"This is the first material (car inventory) decline we've seen since the recession." -- Jonathan Banks, an analyst at J.D. Power. The Time is Right to Buy a Used Vehicle was published in the LA Times on December 27, 2016.