We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Commencement speech by George Saunders. Can you afford an unexpected expense? Should you pay cash or use credit? What should 18-year-olds know how to do? Summer schedule. Rate my professors. Sexual consent. Refugee documentary. Procrastination video. Relationship support group. Free College! Student overcomes motorcycle accident. John Wooden. Submit your story for cash.

The veterans page: Military Community Group at City College. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.

Memorable quote: "'No' is a complete sentence. It does not require justification or explanation."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Graduation Speech About Kindness

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San Diego City College just held our largest graduation ever at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Here is a 2013 commencement speech by George Saunders, writer, on kindness.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Most Americans Can't Cover $1000 expense

If you had an unexpected expense such as a major car repair, would you be able to afford it? If you're like most Americans, the answer is no. "Poll: Two-Thirds of U.S. Would Struggle to Cover $1000 Crisis" was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune on May 20, 2016.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cash or credit card?

According to this article by Nelson D. Schwartz of the New York Times, pay with cash if you want to save money. "The sight of images associated with credit cards prompted diners to spend more and leave bigger tips." Credit Cards Encourage Splurging as the Cash Habit Fades was published in The New York Times on March 25, 2016.

What 18 year olds should know

What should an 18-year-old know how to do? Are we preparing our youth for life? Example: "An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers. . ."

The article post from Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean, was forwarded by John Gradilla:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Summer Schedule Available

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The SDCCD Summer schedule will be online April 12 at http://schedule.sdccd.edu/. You can view your Summer registration date/time on Reg-e on April 29th.

Rate My Professors

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Want to look up professors to see how students rated their teaching? Here's the website: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/


Sexual Consent

This video on consent was shown to the counselors at SDCCD by Lynn Neault about a year ago. It's an entertaining and important segment about the issue of sexual consent.  


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"Make It Home: A Story of Resettlement" tells the story of African refugees. It was made by Bob Sly at San Diego City College.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Free College!

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San Diego City College is going to provide free education to certain students. "Free Community College Plan Revealed" was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 18, 2016. This article was forwarded by Heidi Bunkowske.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Student Overcomes Motorcycle Accident

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Zaphire Alonso lost her leg in a motorcycle accident but it's not stopping her from going to school. "Student Begins Her Journey Back" was published in the City Times on Feb. 17, 2016.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

This month's quote comes from former UCLA coaching legend John Wooden: If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? This video was filmed in 2001 and gives us Wooden in his own words.

Stories to Win Cash!

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From Chicken Soup for the Soul
Calling all college students! We are working on a new book to be written entirely by you about your lives in college and outside college, including stories about kindness, respect, compassion, expanding your horizons, and embracing differences.
We are looking for true, non-fiction stories of no more than 1,200 words from current college students up to age 24. You can be enrolled in two-year, four-year, or technical college — any post high school educational institution.
Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:
  • Starting out in college — moving in, freshman year ups and downs
  • Embracing differences
  • Making good choices
  • Rejecting stereotypes
  • Study abroad, internships, and other off-campus experiences
  • Overcoming prejudices
  • Becoming a better person
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Overcoming fears and trying new things
  • Friends and family ups and downs, relationships
  • Turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts
  • Learning to put things in perspective
  • Learning to live with roommates
  • Learning about other cultures and other ways of thinking
  • Figuring out what comes next for you after graduation

Write your experience in the first person. Write a story, not an academic essay. Your professors are not reading this. Other college students, like you, will read the stories. Remember, it should be a true, non-fiction story. No creative writing please!
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. The Boniuk Foundation will receive the exclusive right to use your story for commercial purposes if it is chosen to be in the book. You will retain your copyright and be able to use the story for non-commercial purposes.
We would also like to share with you five free stories specially selected from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles, our previous book for college students, as examples of the kind of stories we publish. To view these stories, please go to this page on our website and scroll down. The five stories will be right there for you to look at!
SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

College Rankings

Want to find out a college's 4-year graduation rate? How many students are accepted at a particular school? Cost? US News & World Reports has compiled the data to help you research your ideal university.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Education Myth

This video produced for Citrus College shows why education is not enough in the modern economy. Do you agree? Written transcription.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Power to Change

Alberto Vasquez didn't think he belonged in college after a troubled past. Now he is helping students by relaying his experience. "Ex-Con Leads Youths Into College After Major Turnaround" was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on January 4, 2016.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! May the joy and happiness surround you and your family!!!! Cheers, Kristie Wong.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Video and Lyrics

"Someday At Christmas."

Lyrics by Stevie Wonder

Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life's really worth
There'll be peace on earth
Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmas we'll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hands
One happy morning people will share
A world where people care
Someday at Christmas there'll be no tears
When all men are equal and no man has fears
One shining moment, one prayer away
From our world today
Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate would be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart
Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime