Don’t wait to set your dreams in motion

Don’t wait to set your dreams in motion
Trio students boarded a bus bound for CSUSB to attend Dream it! Plan it! Achieve it!

TRIO-DSPS Students made time to meet with each other at the beginning of the semester (Courtesy of Disabled Students Program and Services)
TRIO-DSPS Students made time to meet with each other at the beginning of the semester (Courtesy of Disabled Students Program and Services)

by, Tomasito Napalan
Staff Reporter

Trio students participated in “Breakout Sessions” all day at Cal State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) on Saturday, February 2 to get free advice to help achieve their college goals.

Early Saturday morning, Trio students boarded a bus bound for CSUSB to attend Dream it! Plan it! Achieve it! , sponsored by the Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL) Program.

Motivation financial speaker Lonnie Mathews empowered the audience with tools and strategies to make immediate and long term shifts in their lives.  Deborah Castillo said, “I was so excited and motivated: my mind was racing with thoughts of saving money.”

A variety of different “Breakout Sessions” were offered to students to help them achieve their educational goals.  These classes were designed to inform students of what they needed to do to set their plan in motion.

Co-President, Scott Cooper, is the program coordinator for TRIO in the Eastern Valley Campus. The class he presented at was about Cutting Financial Corners, discussing real ways to put more money in your pocket.  He said, “If you want to be wealthy don’t take advice from a poor person”.

After a full day, workshop students then gathered in the auditorium for information regarding preparation for graduate programs.  A professional panel of educator’s was there to answer questions and offer tips on how to start the process of  graduate school.

Panel member Dr. Kendrick A. Davis, Director, Medical Education, University California Riverside, spoke of certain programs for acquiring a Ph.D without a Masters degree first.  Sam Gonzales said, “I was in shock when Dr. Davis said I could graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and apply to Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) to work on my Ph.D.”

The Trio program provided a wonderful trip for their students to prepare for a successful college life.  Students can now take that information and apply it to their educational goals.

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