This is a one part interview with Akaysha shares her high school experience as well as her transfer from CC to UCSB.

Transcript 

Kamila 

Hey college kids. 

Kamila 

Welcome back to my podcast. 

Kamila 

Who cares about College in today’s episode I’ll be interviewing Acacia, so if you could introduce yourself. 

Akaysha 

Hi, I’m Acacia. 

Akaysha 

I’m gonna be going to UCSB. 

Kamila 

All right, so let’s get. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, sorry you know your major. 

Akaysha 

Uhm yeah, I’m gonna be going. 

Akaysha 

To film and media I’m looking into. 

Akaysha 

A minor in creative writing. 

Akaysha 

Yes, that’s it. 

Kamila 

Alright, so let’s get into your demographics, so I mentioned to you before. 

Kamila 

Like you know, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, so can you share like those basic things that the admissions officers saw when they open your application? 

Akaysha 

Yeah, so when I first applied I’m. 

Akaysha 

I am just. 

Akaysha 

Like I like I have, I’m a. 

Akaysha 

Full white person. 

Akaysha 

I for. 

Akaysha 

Uhm gender. 

Akaysha 

I put just a neutral. 

Akaysha 

I don’t even believe I put a just declined to answer basically. 

Akaysha 

I’m not sure. 

Akaysha 

And then sexual orientation. 

Akaysha 

I did the same thing where I. 

Akaysha 

Declined to answer. 

Akaysha 

For a religioni. 

Akaysha 

I believe it was. 

Akaysha 

’cause a lot of my family is Jewish and I think I’d put that in there, but I could be wrong. 

Akaysha 

’cause I do not actually practice that religion. 

Kamila 

And then what about your relative socioeconomic status upon application? 

Akaysha 

Uhm so my. 

Akaysha 

I don’t make a lot of money, my both my parents are. 

Akaysha 

They’re divorced, but the the parent that I do rely on is. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, disabled and retired so. 

Akaysha 

On the scale, I think. 

Akaysha 

I think I made. 

Akaysha 

Not enough to be considered. 

Akaysha 

Upper like upper class, you know, but I’m not like. 

Akaysha 

On the low brow quotation marks side. 

Kamila 

So you would just put yourself at like a normal middle class. 

Akaysha 

I would say no. 

Akaysha 

Middle Class A little below. 

Kamila 

OK, so let’s get into #1. The I guess dynamic around college for you growing up and when you went into college application. 

Kamila 

So can you give us an idea of maybe your family’s expectations for you in college you know, did they expect you get no high? 

Kamila 

School as well. 

Kamila 

Like, do they expect you to get really good grades in high school? 

Kamila 

Get into like a really good university? 

 Kamila 

Would you be like the first in your family to go to university? 

Kamila 

Did you have any siblings that went so well? 

Kamila 

We like the expectations and the dynamics with college. 

Kamila 

For you. 

Akaysha 

Umso expectations I did have the older sibling who performed poorly in high school. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, then he moved on to Community College and ended up. 

Akaysha 

Quitting about a year end and. 

Akaysha 

And then a lot of it was placed on me where I had to get good grades, but I. 

Akaysha 

I was I was not able to do that at all. Uhm, I believe I graduated with a 2.8 and then waited a 3.0 uhm. I really struggled. I’m not going. 

Akaysha 

Well, I uh parents wise my dad was in the military and then once he came out of that he had enough money to attend school. 

Akaysha 

His major words in case theology I believe and and then my mom. 

Akaysha 

Never went to college, but she did end up attending and graduating. 

Akaysha 

Actually when I was around. 

Akaysha 

3rd and 4th grade. 

Kamila 

And then what about like? 

Kamila 

I know throughout the high school process, college is like different like freshman year. 

Kamila 

You don’t really think much about it. 

Kamila 

Maybe it’s in the back of your mind and then junior year it’s like, oh God, next year I’m applying the church. 

Kamila 

Was to get in somewhere. 

Kamila 

So for you was that kind of the case? 

Kamila 

Where you were like. 

Kamila 

Kind of relaxed and stuff about, call it you didn’t think about it till Junior. 

Kamila 

Yeah, or was it more? 

Kamila 

Like every time you did something, every grade you got every class you decided it was like oh is this going to look good on my college application? 

Kamila 

Like were you actively thinking about it or was it more God? 

Kamila 

It’s coming up on me? 

Akaysha 

I was very much the opposite, uh, which is a little weird. 

Akaysha 

When I first entered high school, I was stressed about moving forward. 

Akaysha 

Where I like. 

Akaysha 

Now, I wouldn’t use this, but back then I was like I’m I’m too stupid to be like to get the grades I need to move forward. 

Akaysha 

Now I know that’s not true I just. 

Akaysha 

In getting proper help. 

Akaysha 

And then as time went on, I began to, I guess, care less and less. 

Akaysha 

Not ’cause I didn’t want to go, just ’cause it wasn’t a priority. 

Akaysha 

And in my household, it wasn’t something that was like pushed on me so heavily is expected of me, but there’s never a. 

Akaysha 

A large amount of pressure ’cause it just wasn’t. 

Akaysha 

It was more. 

Akaysha 

Let’s pass high school. 

Akaysha 

OK, you did. 

Akaysha 

It great. 

Akaysha 

OK, now what are you gonna do so I almost didn’t even go to a Community College ’cause I’m doing I’m taking. 

Akaysha 

I took two years of. 

Akaysha 

Community College and I’m transferring over I. 

Akaysha 

I almost even do that ’cause there was no one. 

Akaysha 

Kinda holding my hand when that whole process began. 

Kamila 

All right, and we’re going to talk about your Community College like. 

Kamila 

But I want. 

 Kamila 

To get through like the high school portion first. 

Kamila 

Yeah so for. 

Kamila 

Your high school. 

Kamila 

What kind of high school did you go to? 

Kamila 

Was it public, private and then if it is public, was it on? 

Kamila 

Like was it on the side where the resources were there for you, like there were APS, there were counselors or was it more like? 

Kamila 

You guys really didn’t know what you were doing. 

Kamila 

There wasn’t much guidance and there wasn’t sort of this atmosphere where you know in some schools it’s like yes we need to work hard. 

Kamila 

We need to get into like the top schools. 

Kamila 

There’s a lot of competition, so we were like what was your high school. 

Akaysha 

So I went to high school 2-3 actually. 

Akaysha 

They’re all in Ventura. 

Akaysha 

Uh, near UCSB a couple miles away and so the first one I went to is just very. 

Akaysha 

Average public school. 

Akaysha 

There’s it’s Buena high school. 

Akaysha 

There was really nothing to it, I believe. 

Akaysha 

At least I went there until. 

Akaysha 

Uh, my my junior year. 

Akaysha 

And I did take some like I well, I took tests to get into AP classes, uhm? 

Akaysha 

But I got into them and then right when I went to the meeting where it’s like, oh, here’s the summer plans they chose to do like the work for summer. 

Akaysha 

I went to my counselor and dropped them right away because I was. 

Akaysha 

Like this is. 

Akaysha 

So much, and I don’t think I can do this at all. 

Akaysha 

I’m not even gonna risk yet. 

Kamila 

Wait can I pause you for a second? 

Akaysha 

So got in. 

Kamila 

Did you say you had to take tests? 

Akaysha 

Oh yeah, yeah. 

Kamila 

To get into AP classes. 

Akaysha 

Yes, it was like a yeah well yeah. 

Kamila 

Really, I. 

Kamila 

I thought you could just enroll. 

Akaysha 

That I. 

Akaysha 

Really, that I don’t know. 

Akaysha 

I ’cause I’ve never experienced anything other than that. 

Akaysha 

So is that not normal? 

Kamila 

No, I mean in my. 

Kamila 

School, it’s honestly like. 

Kamila 

A pathway said to you take this like test in fifth grade. 

Kamila 

Well, you do one in 3rd grade for math and then fifth grade for all your other main subjects and that puts you on a certain pathway for middle school. 

Kamila 

So in middle school there’s some variation in the classes like. 

Kamila 

You know someone I could be taking geometry and someone else in my grades taking algebra one or something like that. 

Kamila 

So like you take those tests in elementary school, it places you and then you kind of just follow that pathway into high school. 

Kamila 

So if you’re ahead in middle school then you’re going to be able to take a lot of AP’s in high school. I didn’t know there any schools like tests or something. 

Akaysha 

OK yeah, so I had to take a test it was it was super like. 

Akaysha 

I mean it wasn’t simple but it was just like a normal like. 

Akaysha 

Lighten essay. 

Akaysha 

Here’s some filling bubble like sheets. 

Akaysha 

You’re good. 

Akaysha 

You’re not good, uh, I ended up passing the history one and then English or being diagnosed like just enough. 

Akaysha 

Where, like on the cusp of up passing, but I didn’t so I didn’t pass that one and I didn’t apply. 

Akaysha 

For any others. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, I do know what you’re talking about though. 

Akaysha 

’cause I in middle school. 

Akaysha 

I was on the. 

Akaysha 

Lower UM, basically a year behind in math, where I don’t remember the exact name of it. 

Akaysha 

And then once I hit high school I was in math readiness which is just 8th grade math in 9th grade. 

Akaysha 

That’s the only like linear coursework that you didn’t have to. 

Akaysha 

Take tests again. 

Akaysha 

To, uh, because no one wants to. 

Akaysha 

Test go to the lower class. 

Kamila 

I’ve never heard of like a. 

Kamila 

I mean even in our school. 

Kamila 

Like if you think you’re ahead in math or something. 

Kamila 

I don’t know, maybe there is a test, I’m not sure I I this. 

Kamila 

Person I never heard of that. 

Akaysha 

I have no clue. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, uhm. 

Kamila 

Alright, so can you tell us what was your GPA yard to list? Your GPA was a 2.8 unweighted and then waited. It was a 3.0 right? 

Kamila 

Yes, all right? OK, we can get into your essay TACT now. 

Kamila 

If you took either whichever one you took, can you tell us which ones you took, whether you did any preparations for them, and then what was your score in the end? 

Akaysha 

I did take a practice a CT, but I ended up moving schools before I could take the test in the school. 

Akaysha 

I ended up going to was a. 

Akaysha 

Man, I’m getting the word. 

Akaysha 

Independent study, so we didn’t take any, UM, testing at all, so I actually took the practice, but then didn’t actually end up taking any of the final real ones. 

Kamila 

And one thing you mentioned is you’ve been to three high schools with yeah school years. 

Kamila 

If yeah, comfortable sharing enough to share, but is there like a reason why you had to switch high schools? 

Akaysha 

I was I was missing a lot of school. 

Akaysha 

Basically ’cause I I have a few. 

Akaysha 

Health issues and that and I also just I didn’t go a lot, I just it was like. 

Akaysha 

Not for me at the time, UM, so I ended up going to independent study ’cause you only have to show up once a week, like physically. 

Akaysha 

And I was just going to so many doctor appointments and I. 

Akaysha 

Was like. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, my parents were getting on like letters in the mail. 

Akaysha 

Saying that like. 

Akaysha 

Oh hey, your kids listen too much, you know and. 

Akaysha 

And then from there. 

Akaysha 

I I got lonely at independent study school, so I went to a continuation school. 

Akaysha 

Because I wasn’t able to end up at my the one I originally began at, ’cause I was too far ahead at that point. 

Akaysha 

So it’s just, uh? 

Akaysha 

There’s a lot. 

Akaysha 

I don’t know why I did it. 

Akaysha 

Now that I look back I’m like she just stayed at the independent study. 

Akaysha 

It doesn’t matter how lonely I was. 

Kamila 

And then I have a question, so I’ve never heard of the independent study school. 

 Kamila 

I think I understand the idea of it. 

Kamila 

Can you explain? 

Kamila 

I know moving like physically moving houses and like state and stuff does have an effect on a person number one with their performance at school because it is like a lot of stress, like with the like the sudden chat. 

Kamila 

Did it like like affect you and your performance and like just you know your overall like life and like academics moving high schools like that? 

Kamila 

’cause I know it wasn’t. 

Kamila 

It was your choice. 

Kamila 

It was like your. 

Kamila 

Parents moved states yeah. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, it was all three of them were my choice. 

Akaysha 

You know some events brought them about, but in the end I had the final decision. 

Akaysha 

I don’t think it was very. 

Akaysha 

I wasn’t very stressed about it the the process of moving though like turning in documents was a little strenuous for both me and my dad ’cause he had to help me. 

Akaysha 

The Independent study school was actually. 

Akaysha 

It was it wasn’t difficult as difficult as some people make it seem. 

Akaysha 

’cause you’re basically teaching yourself. 

Akaysha 

They give you a packet textbook and they go like. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, this many weeks. 

Akaysha 

I believe it’s two to three so like finish this for. 

Akaysha 

Semesters worth or sometimes less. 

Akaysha 

It matters how fast you move. 

Akaysha 

Then you move at your own pace. 

Akaysha 

You have to take a test in the classroom. 

Akaysha 

And that’s about it. 

Akaysha 

And you don’t change teachers. 

Akaysha 

You’re the same one like each time. 

Akaysha 

So it’s very it was it wasn’t very stressful moving to the independent study ’cause I was just that like home. 

Akaysha 

So it wasn’t much. 

Kamila 

And then your third school, which is the school you were at when you applied when you were like in the college process. 

Kamila 

That would be the third high school, right? 

Kamila 

Like the. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, so that’s the one I graduated from, right? 

Kamila 

Alright, so let’s get into. 

Kamila 

We talked about your school, your stats and stuff like that. 

Kamila 

Let’s get onto any extra curriculars you did in high school so. 

Kamila 

Let’s start with this. 

Kamila 

You said you were like you want to pursue film. 

Kamila 

When you enter, I always want to USB USCB or something, but it’s UCSB, but in high school did you have any idea? 

Kamila 

Any sort of interest or what you wanted to do when you went to college or was. 

Kamila 

It all like I don’t know. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, I did. 

Akaysha 

Uh, for a really long time, even before high school wanted to be a private detective. 

Akaysha 

I didn’t realize I didn’t realize you had to be on the police force for a really long time beforehand though, so then I was like, oh man, I don’t. 

Akaysha 

I just wanna be detective. 

Akaysha 

I don’t wanna do all that. 

Akaysha 

And that happened. 

Akaysha 

I figured that out around the application time. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, so before film even came into my mind, I took criminal justice classes. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, at the. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, that’s that’s just criminal justice classes. 

Akaysha 

And then once I hit the third high school and I started to. 

Akaysha 

Look more into film. 

Akaysha 

I took a. 

Akaysha 

I believe it was called. 

Akaysha 

It was a I don’t remember exact name. 

Akaysha 

But it was a like a a news. 

Akaysha 

Drone and filmmaking glass. 

Akaysha 

There’s a lot combined into one, but it wasn’t really my thing. 

Akaysha 

’cause I was just like we did a lot of drone. 

Akaysha 

Work so everyone like drones and like. 

Akaysha 

You know, I don’t care about this, actually, uhm. 

Kamila 

And then, in terms of extracurriculars, what extracurriculars did you have in high school? 

Akaysha 

I was. 

Akaysha 

On soccer for three years then. 

Akaysha 

4th year I got hurt and that was all. 

Akaysha 

So at the first school they let me continue to do soccer there. 

Akaysha 

I did track for one year, wasn’t into it. 

Akaysha 

And then I did a few. 

Akaysha 

I was into it like a mentoring program as a mentor at the middle school. 

 Akaysha 

That was right next to where I was. 

Akaysha 

That was about half year. 

Akaysha 

That was really fun. 

Akaysha 

I like that and it was good for I took it initially. 

Akaysha 

Just ’cause like I’m bored. 

Akaysha 

Might as well, but it was. 

Akaysha 

Looking now I’m like oh that looks really good on paper. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, is there anything else they did? 

Akaysha 

Oh and then I I volunteered in like voting polls a couple times, which is through the school and I that was all just ’cause like Colonel injustice thing where it’s like that’s you know I’ll take partner. 

Kamila 

All right, so come application time college application time. 

Kamila 

Can you tell me how you made a college list like chose which colleges to apply to? 

Akaysha 

Yeah, so I use the app Eureka. 

Akaysha 

I don’t know if you’ve heard of that. 

Akaysha 

It’s basically what you could do is you could pick like. 

Akaysha 

What major you’re looking for? 

Akaysha 

What’s a a? 

Akaysha 

A lot of other things, but that’s basically what I looked at was made during state and I know other options. 

Akaysha 

Equal core is like. 

Akaysha 

How big of a area is it? 

Akaysha 

Is it city? 

Akaysha 

Is it woodsy? 

Akaysha 

Everything like that. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, so I use that app and through the. 

Akaysha 

School that my school counselor gave to me. 

Akaysha 

And I mostly it was obviously the places. 

Akaysha 

Where film and media and. 

Akaysha 

Everything about is buried, so is. 

Akaysha 

California and New York. 

Akaysha 

I believe like two were in Baltimore like that, so it’s like I like criminal justice still and that’s a great place for stuff like that I believe. 

Akaysha 

Just want to build in space there and then. 

Akaysha 

It’s like media. 

Akaysha 

Too, so that’s basically was how it bounced. 

Akaysha 

Up and then I narrow it down by. 

Akaysha 

Cost wise like OK, this is in New York, can I afford this though like? 

Akaysha 

In NYC, probably not. 

Akaysha 

And why you and why you probably not the. 

Akaysha 

Cunei believes you and why those the soonest. 

Akaysha 

I could afford ’cause they were all four. 

Akaysha 

People with the like a little less money. 

Akaysha 

In California, was actually the only one I did apply to. 

Akaysha 

Here was UCSB. 

Kamila 

All right, so you have your call. 

Akaysha 

Is yeah. 

Kamila 

Yeah, you have your colleges. 

Kamila 

You told us like what you were looking for now. 

Kamila 

I’m fairly certain UCSB is on the California system, right? 

Kamila 

It’s one of the UC schools. 

Kamila 

Yeah, OK so besides that, the others were probably common app and even the well, no. 

Kamila 

Actually the UC system is really weird and how they do their college. 

Kamila 

Apps, yeah, but everyone else probably had like at least common app or coalition and you had a big personal essay to write about 506 hundred words. So can you tell us not necessarily the problem, but what did you choose to write? 

Akaysha 

Oh, it’s. 

Kamila 

And you’d have to go. 

Kamila 

In detail, if you’re not comfortable. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, yeah. 

Kamila 

But like the general idea and why you were trying to take away from it. 

Akaysha 

I, for some of them I couldn’t choose the whole like the main fault for each one you know, like. 

Akaysha 

Although I chose the same problem which. 

Akaysha 

Was choose your own. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, and I. 

Akaysha 

I basically just copy and paste. 

Akaysha 

It you know, ’cause like you know, I’m not gonna write like 8 unique essays. 

Akaysha 

They can’t do that, but if you it was like I applied for Boston University and I wrote a whole thing about ’cause I liked the production companies around there and I wrote a whole like. 

Akaysha 

I think I went over the limit at first whole like. 

Akaysha 

Uh, I say about production there and like I would love to do that if you guys accept me then I could help your economy or something. 

Akaysha 

I don’t know like I didn’t say that, but it’s basically I could help like I would say in Boston and I would. 

Akaysha 

Be work there. 

Akaysha 

So that’s why I should be accepted, I wasn’t. 

 Kamila 

Is Boston known on the common app? 

Akaysha 

It is not. 

Akaysha 

No, I don’t believe it is. 

Akaysha 

And if it is ’cause. 

Akaysha 

It bears was really weird, too, like Newsies was strange, but so is Boston’s I’m. I’m not quite sure why I I mostly wrote about ’cause I. 

Akaysha 

The reason why I did have so many high schools was health issues, and it was either like I didn’t get along with the staff ’cause I was missing so much school and I, you know, give them notes and they would kind of be like. 

Akaysha 

Lou, but not kind. 

Akaysha 

And I wrote about my experience in like working, not working with but being in the health system ’cause it’s. 

Akaysha 

Insane like it’s it’s little it’s tricky to like. 

Akaysha 

Keep yourself in the health system in a way where. 

Akaysha 

You get help. 

Akaysha 

Sorry, I don’t even know how. 

Akaysha 

To word it, that’s how I really got on. 

Kamila 

Not, I don’t understand that even those of us who are not a big part of it understand how much of a struggle it can be. 

Akaysha 

Steering like yeah. 

Kamila 

So that’s OK. 

Kamila 

So you wrote about your experience with your health care issues. 

Kamila 

And like you know you going through the system and it not being. 

Kamila 

The best that could be right? 

Kamila 

So those are that I’m not going to go through supplemental essays ’cause I think let’s get pretty redundant. 

Kamila 

And most colleges also have the same ones, so let’s go on to acceptance, waitlisted, and then rejected from. 

Kamila 

Can you tell us which schools were accepted from waitlisted from and rejected from? 

Akaysha 

Yes, so I went. 

Akaysha 

I applied to 8 school which is I feel like a large amount but I was really nervous ’cause I was like. 

Akaysha 

I I was like this. 

Akaysha 

Is worth spending the amount of money that. 

Akaysha 

It is to apply. 

Akaysha 

Because I do not want to get rejected by every single one of them, that was my main fear. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, so I applied to. 

Akaysha 

Uh, first will say UCSB. 

Akaysha 

And then it. 

Akaysha 

Is Boston University? 

Akaysha 

University of Baltimore, which is really great for law. 

Akaysha 

It is University of Baltimore in Baltimore County, which is a whole different one is super confusing so. 

Kamila 

You mean leaving UMBC? 

Akaysha 

I ended up actually. 

Akaysha 

Yes yes OK. 

Kamila 

University of Maryland in Baltimore County. 

Akaysha 

So there’s there’s two. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, yeah, there’s I couldn’t remember the name, but I was like, I know they sounded exactly the same and I’d always get mixed. 

Akaysha 

Up up 

Akaysha 

And then CUNY Hunter, CUNY, Brooklyn. 

Akaysha 

Sunni Buffalo. 

Akaysha 

Oh, and then Florida. 

Akaysha 

Southern University, which is a private school. 

Akaysha 

So those are the ones there’s nine, actually. 

Kamila 

OK. 

Kamila 

And then which ones did you get accepted, waitlisted, and then rejected from? 

Akaysha 

I got accepted by all them except Boston University. 

Akaysha 

Cuny, hunter. 

Akaysha 

The rest I got accepted into. 

Akaysha 

There was no wait list, but those two I did did decline, which was fine. 

Akaysha 

’cause I was like, you know. 

Akaysha 

Anything good for me? 

Akaysha 

I got a bunch. 

Akaysha 

This is cool. 

Akaysha 

Now I have choices. 

Kamila 

OK, and then so obviously you got into a good amount of school so you had a good amount of options. 

Kamila 

Why did you decide to choose Community College for your first two years? 

Akaysha 

Uhm, oh, so I actually attended. 

Akaysha 

Community College. 

Akaysha 

Before I applied for other colleges. 

Kamila 

Oh, this is yeah, so high school Community College OK OK, so yeah I. 

Akaysha 

Spoke and why did you use that route? 

Kamila 

OK, so why did you choose Community College over like applying to? 

Kamila 

Or maybe you did apply over going to like a four year institution. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, so right when I graduated, my dad moved and I had with them ’cause I’m like. 

Akaysha 

You know? 

Akaysha 

I don’t have money. 

Akaysha 

And I basically I wasn’t even gonna apply for Community College ’cause like there’s so much going on, I don’t even know what I’m doing. 

Akaysha 

But I did ’cause I was like I’m going to be bored if I’m doing nothing and I couldn’t work, so it was. 

Akaysha 

202020. 

Akaysha 

21 or on that time, so it’s like. 

Akaysha 

If I’m in really. 

Akaysha 

Good job, you know. 

Akaysha 

So I went to the college just ’cause like you know I’ll be bored also I don’t have money. 

Akaysha 

To go to a four year. 

Akaysha 

There’s like there was no savings for. 

Akaysha 

Me in that area. 

Akaysha 

Like most people. 

Akaysha 

And then. 

Akaysha 

I applied for a four year ’cause it was like, well, if I’m here already, I’m gonna like get the full thing. 

Akaysha 

I’m not just gonna go associates I wanna like just finish it off and get it done. 

Kamila 

OK I want. 

Kamila 

To talk a little bit about your Community College experience, how we jump right into colleges. 

Kamila 

I didn’t want to do that, but alright. 

Kamila 

So Community College experience. 

Kamila 

Can you explain what the structure of Community College is? 

Kamila 

Like what what classes do you take? 

Kamila 

What makes it different? 

Kamila 

Apart from being only two years long instead of like a traditional four year degree? 

Kamila 

Can you explain what you do in Community College and how you’re able to like? 

Kamila 

Find a major and then also we’ll talk. 

Kamila 

About that first. 

Kamila 

Then we’ll get into like transitioning to a four year institution. 

Akaysha 

So when I started Community College, I basically went I the first semester I took just a bunch of random classes ’cause I did not know what I was doing. 

Akaysha 

I wasn’t really getting assistance from any of the. 

Akaysha 

Uh, counselors or any centers like that, and then the second semester I like, I looked into the. 

Akaysha 

I get see which is further you see and and it’s kind of like that I get see. 

Kamila 

What did you say? 

Akaysha 

Elaborate please, oh uhm, I don’t know the exact meaning of it. 

Akaysha 

’cause it’s. 

Akaysha 

I don’t know that what it means. 

Akaysha 

I can’t remember, but it’s basically where it’s you. 

Akaysha 

Fill out your like your A through G requirements and then like two years or two semesters of like English, 1 semester of math. 

Akaysha 

And then you move on to like. 

Akaysha 

If you’re going to. 

Akaysha 

Go into major. 

Akaysha 

You should probably take some of. 

Akaysha 

These so they fill out these. 

Akaysha 

Apartments as well. 

Akaysha 

So when I first started Community College, I was not like taking any of the prerequisites or or a through. 

Akaysha 

Geez, I was just. 

Akaysha 

Taking stuff that I had. 

Akaysha 

Like this seems fun. 

Akaysha 

In the end, I didn’t waste my time completely ’cause I ended up. I think taking three classes that like ended up filling out a 3G requirements from a few of them, but it’s still. It could have been bad. 

Akaysha 

It could end up a little. 

Akaysha 

So, so that’s what that was. 

Akaysha 

But once I hit my second semester, that’s when I looked at that chart and I was like, OK, I’ll just follow this. 

Akaysha 

Because I just I like. 

Akaysha 

I just was not getting help. 

Akaysha 

I was just. 

Akaysha 

Kinda Googling things and you’re. 

Akaysha 

Like OK, I hope I’m right. 

Akaysha 

Uhm, so I wrote all my classes down and like. 

Akaysha 

What I should take? 

Akaysha 

And I did exactly that, and now I’m here. 

Kamila 

Yep, oh you did something right right? 

Kamila 

Yeah, a lot of things right? 

Kamila 

So OK, what you said you were criminal. 

Kamila 

You want you like criminal justice. 

Kamila 

But then you also like had some interest in film. 

Kamila 

Where did where at what point in Community College you know? 

Kamila 

Obviously this has to be before you take your prerequisites. 

Kamila 

What time in Community College did you find the lies like? 

Kamila 

Oh yes, I want to go into film. 

Kamila 

Uhm, like what did you realize? 

Kamila 

Was it a class? 

Kamila 

Was it an extracurricular or something? 

Akaysha 

It was at the end of my first year I. 

Akaysha 

’cause I was kind of debating which one ’cause I already knew like I liked both. 

Akaysha 

I like both of the different aspects of both, but I was kind of just. 

Akaysha 

Panicking ’cause. 

Akaysha 

I was like the April G right? 

Akaysha 

And I was like OK well I have to start filling out like prerequisites for these majors and I don’t know what I’m gonna do. 

Akaysha 

And I just like made a. 

Akaysha 

Pros and cons and. 

Akaysha 

Made like. 

Akaysha 

What jobs can you do that was one big one where it’s like? 

Akaysha 

What is the? 

Akaysha 

Job you’d like in. 

Akaysha 

This field, what’s the highest paying job even though? 

Akaysha 

Like I’m not. 

Akaysha 

Searching for that really just. 

Akaysha 

What do you like about this and end up, whereas like, criminal justice? 

Akaysha 

I think it if I. 

Akaysha 

And some like. 

Akaysha 

Devote some aspect of my life to this. 

Akaysha 

I’m gonna have a heart attack like I’m gonna get just so stressed out. 

Akaysha 

Not seeing this film some of the hours when you’re just starting out like it’s. 

Akaysha 

Like insane, it isn’t saying how much they overworked people, but I was like if I devote my life to criminal justice, I will be so. 

Akaysha 

Stressed all the time. 

Akaysha 

Now bad this isn’t fair, but it’s like. 

Akaysha 

It’s a system that I can’t change, so. 

Kamila 

Alright, so you just had on film at the end of your first year and then, as you mentioned, you had to do your prerequisites before you transferred. 

Kamila 

Just to clarify, like I’ve interviewed some people who have transitioned community to like traditional for years, so I know a little bit about like, you know, the application and what you need, but can you tell us about your experience #1? 

Kamila 

Is it like a college application where you need obviously your grades, your classes, extracurriculars, write essays, letters of REC? 

Kamila 

Like do you are you giving the same essay prompts? 

Kamila 

For example as a High School graduate? 

Kamila 

Would going into like. 

Kamila 

And for university, so can you walk us through like what the requirements were, and then we’ll talk about your process specifically. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, so it the requirements were about the same. 

Akaysha 

I believe as when people go from high school to the four year I use the common app for. 

Akaysha 

Practically all them, the the ones that allowed me to do that and it was just I needed. 

Akaysha 

2 to one. 

Akaysha 

Letters of recommendations which I got from same teachers. 

Akaysha 

Over and over. 

Akaysha 

Uh, God bless them. 

Akaysha 

’cause I’m I was stressed about that. 

Akaysha 

And I it was just the same thing. Probably right? Like a essay prompt, 507 hundred words uhm? 

Akaysha 

And just transcripts which the the only difference between if you’re applying as a high schooler and or a Community College person is you just have to take extra step and ask the CC. 

Akaysha 

Or you know transcripts. 

Kamila 

All right, so let’s get to your specific. 

Kamila 

Experience we talked about your classes, extracurriculars wise, what did you? 

Kamila 

Perhaps this was after you decided you wanted to do film. 

Kamila 

What were the extracurriculars that you did for Community College transfer application? 

Akaysha 

Uhm, I ended up not being able to ’cause. 

Akaysha 

I just it I I graduated in 2020. So Oh yeah yeah the the year one year that I was in it was like well I’m not doing anything. 

Akaysha 

You know, I’m just gonna take classes and I’ll focus on that. 

Akaysha 

And then the second rise. 

Akaysha 

Then it was. 

Akaysha 

Thanks, that was. 

Akaysha 

This last, you know, 2 semesters. 

Akaysha 

Things you know began to open. 

Akaysha 

Up, but I still like. 

Akaysha 

Doing it mostly online ’cause it. 

Akaysha 

Was so. 

Akaysha 

Uh, like not sorry I’m having a hard time finding work. 

Akaysha 

Oh, they didn’t have every yeah they didn’t. 

Akaysha 

Have everything in line basically where I like class. 

Akaysha 

We cancelled one day could cancelled like 2 weeks so it’s like I’m saying do some lines they don’t have to stress out about. 

 Akaysha 

Not being able to go because some issues you know. 

Kamila 

Alright, and you already told us about your rec letter and then for your essays. 

Akaysha 

You told me. 

Kamila 

The essay. 

Kamila 

Sorry, can you hear? 

Akaysha 

Me yeah, sorry. 

Akaysha 

Sorry someone was coming up. 

Akaysha 

To me, OK. 

Akaysha 

Alright, no I’m good. 

Kamila 

Alright, so you told, I believe the essay you told us working with the health care system that was high school into Community College. 

Kamila 

That was in high school. 

Akaysha 

That was that was that was in Community College I for high school. 

Kamila 

Oh, OK. 

Akaysha 

I did not apply for anything. 

Akaysha 

I was just going out into the world. 

Akaysha 

Actually graduated. 

Akaysha 

Not implying anything kind of just there. 

Kamila 

OK OK, OK. 

Kamila 

So we’ve gone through as we’ve basically gone through everything that you had for Community College. 

Kamila 

You told us which schools you apply to and such so. 

Kamila 

I think we can. 

Kamila 

Let’s talk a little bit about why you chose UCSB. 

Kamila 

We can talk about your like future prospects. 

Kamila 

What you hope to accomplish there and then we’ll wrap up. 

Kamila 

So can you tell us whether you got into six schools just like you got options? 

Kamila 

So why did you choose UCSB? 

Akaysha 

So mostly it was because of financial reasons. 

Akaysha 

I get, uh, since my dad was in military, I get a. 

Akaysha 

Dependent by benefits from California ’cause I graduated high school from there. 

Akaysha 

So that was one aspect where. 

Akaysha 

It’s like OK, the government gave me a lot of money to go here. 

Akaysha 

I should probably take. 

Akaysha 

It, uh? 

Akaysha 

A few other reasons. 

Akaysha 

Were I I lived like I said in Ventura pretty long time and that’s 

Akaysha 

3050 miles away from ESP in Santa Barbara, so I knew the area and I was kind of like I don’t want any. 

Akaysha 

Or need any changes right now like I I. 

Akaysha 

I just want to. 

Akaysha 

Stay in a place I’m familiar with and a place that I won’t know everybody but at least I’ll. 

Akaysha 

If needed, I’ll know some people if I have to fall back on something. 

Kamila 

Yeah alright yeah. 

Kamila 

Saying home just makes so much sense instead of like going out and venturing out like I’m in the same situation too, I’m like. 

Kamila 

I know I don’t really want to be in Maryland all the time, but. 

Kamila 

It’s just it is what it is. 

Kamila 

So alright, you said you’re going into films. 

Kamila 

You’re going to go into UCSB with film. 

Kamila 

Let’s see, OK, so are you going to jump straight into like film classes like? 

Kamila 

What kind of classes are you going to take? 

Kamila 

And film is not something like math where you go learn about formulas and like how to plug stuff in and do like is it more like interactive you guys? 

Akaysha 

So for a lot. 

Akaysha 

Of schools, it matters what the majors name is. 

Akaysha 

It’s like you see speed. 

Akaysha 

Since it’s such a dumb. 

Akaysha 

Research based school would be film studies, so it’s for the classes. 

Akaysha 

Examples would be like. 

Akaysha 

Introduction to Belle Navarre, where you’re just like looking at one specific genre, and you’re. 

Akaysha 

Picking a piece. 

Akaysha 

Every single part. 

Akaysha 

Of it so. 

Akaysha 

That’s probably what I would begin in. 

Akaysha 

I know I do have a few production classes which will I would I want to take. 

Akaysha 

But mostly it’s felt study, so I’m just like studying. 

Akaysha 

You know? 

Kamila 

All right, all right. 

Kamila 

Let’s wrap up here. 

Kamila 

Let’s give two pieces of advice, so one is for high school students. 

Kamila 

This can be specifics, regrets that you have or just general life invite advice you would give to like a 16 year old in high school and then #2. 

Kamila 

Well, let’s see. 

Kamila 

You’re not in like a four year university, so you can’t give advice about like a four year college experience, but for a Community College. 

Kamila 

Maybe someone who’s listening right now who’s in Community College? 

Kamila 

What advice would you give them so one for high school students? 

Kamila 

Again, general life advice specific to school and your regrets you have. 

Kamila 

And the same thing for Community College. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, for high school students. 

Akaysha 

The best advice I could give, I guess, is. 

Akaysha 

You should try hard, but not overly so where you hate your life. 

Akaysha 

’cause you’re and you’re just gonna end up burning yourself out, but you gotta find a good medium which is not a like easy task to do. 

Akaysha 

But it’s something people should practice. 

Akaysha 

From high school. 

Kamila 

And then for Community College students. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, for Community College. 

Akaysha 

Really, really, really try to take the correct classes. 

Akaysha 

’cause there’s no point wasting your time running energy on something that won’t help you in the long run unless you really like the subject. 

Kamila 

Right and one thing I’m curious about, like what was was their specific motivator for you to because you said you weren’t even sure like you weren’t sure about going to Community College and you had some hesitations about applying to or transferring to a four year university, what made you like change your mind about like pursuing it? 

Akaysha 

I there. 

Akaysha 

Yeah, it was kind of the same reason why people joined the army where it’s like I gotta get something to keep me on track right now, but I’m not joining like I’m not joining the military. 

Akaysha 

But I gotta have something like to put my mind to to have a goal ’cause. 

Akaysha 

I’m not a person who should be goalless, ’cause I end up going insane just. 

Akaysha 

Throwing my life away. 

Kamila 

All right, understandable there. 

Kamila 

Well thank you Acacia for coming onto my podcast. 

Kamila 

You’re in California, right? 

Akaysha 

I’m I live. 

Akaysha 

In Florida, right? 

Akaysha 

Now, but I’m going back to California. 

Akaysha 

Soon Oh my. 

Kamila 

Life is crazy. 

Kamila 

So you say, so you’re Eastern Time right now, alright? 

Akaysha 

Have a good evening? 

 Akaysha 

Yeah thank you bye bye.