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Cereza's Voice

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How have increased tuition fees impacted you and your family?:
Since the beginning of my arrival to SFSU, I have seen nothing but increase, after increase, after increase of the tuition every year. It is disheartening to see the fees go up because this means I have to work at my job harder to afford to go to school. Since I need to work a minimum of 25 hours a week at my waitressing job my grades suffer. I cannot devote the essential time I need for my school work. Obviously, this hurts my GPA. I'm graduating this year and I plan on applying to Cal State LA for my teaching credential. I can only hope I meet the prerequisites for the program so I may enroll as my GPA is not the best. If the tuition did not increase so steadily, I would have been able to not work as much and my schoolwork would have reflected the added time bonus. Believe me, I am no stranger to hard work as I have always worked and gone to school but if the tuition were not as high at my public school, I would feel much more confident about my grades. Still, I am lucky that I can afford the high tuition. Often I think of all of those capable, smart, hard-working students who can only dream of furthering their education since they cannot afford to go to college. The state is doing a great disservice to these (possible) future doctors, teachers, journalists, politicians etc...Think of the thousands that are being left behind because of the tuition fee hikes, think of the dreams that are put on hold, think of the future of this great state. Thank you for hearing me out.


What are you studying at SF State and what do you hope to do once you graduate?:
I am studying English Education and once I graduate I hope to get into Cal State Los Angeles' credential program so I can become a high-school English teacher.


Cereza M., 25 Santa Clarita



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