“Transition After College” by Brianna Crone-Roberts

Image11Transitioning to a new chapter in your life is never an easy step to take when you are a young adult. I am currently graduating from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in Psychology and Human and Child Development, and a certificate for a Preschool Specialist. As I am preparing myself for my soon-to-be-life after college, I would like to share a few useful tips based on my own experience as a foster youth transitioning out of a 4-year university.

The three main things that have helped me make this transition go smoothly are being involved with the Extended Opportunity Program (EOP) on campus, the mentor program and networking. Connecting with the EOP was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. They have helped me academically, taught me life skills, were there for counseling, helped me become a mentor for foster youth and recently, they helped me get a full time job with Riverside County as a Parent/Youth Partner for the Youth Community Region.

While I was attending CSUSB, EOP assigned me a mentor, and with her support, I have been able to cross so many bridges in life. Having a mentor in your life is a great thing to have, they can help you in your personal life, set goals for you, become your motivational and study partner, and help you learn life skills for the real world. The last tip that has helped me transition so well was networking. It is very important for youth to network with their peers, teachers, advisors, and anyone around them. I am a big fan of networking and because of that I was able to land a job working with Riverside County. When you get to your senior year of college you will need all of those people mentioned above for letters of recommendation, job opportunities or just for social support.

Obtaining a college degree has always been one of my life goals –  primarily because I was told in high school that I could never go to college and get a degree because I was foster youth. I wanted to go to college for three reasons: one, to prove those people wrong that foster youth can go to college; two, to prove to myself that I could do it and succeed; and third, to make a future for myself. Lastly, do not forget that you can be or do whatever you want in life – just remember to stay true to who you are and never give up on your goals. I would like to leave you with a quote from C.G Jung that helped me to stay motivated while I was in college, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”