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Christina Schreib

Christina Schreib

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My name is Christina Schreib and I've over come several hardships to get my education. I am a first generation college student, which means neither of my parents attended college, so they weren't able to show me how to succeed. When my mom left my dad she wasn't making enough money to support us and I remember times when she couldn't even buy groceries. I also didn't finish high school so I needed a lot of remedial classes just to get to a college level.

When I told my mom I wanted to go to college she told me she had no money to pay for my education so I better go talk to financial aid. Not only did they give me grants for school, but they also told me to talk to EOPS. I was lucky enough to hear about this program my very first semester so I was able to get the maximum benefit from them. I joined simply because they would give me money for my books, but they offer so much more. My peer advisor kept me connected to the campus and gave me someone on campus I knew and could talk to. The meal tickets I got meant that sometimes I could have a warm meal at school when I was there long enough to need lunch, which was a lot. Priority registration meant I always got the classes I needed, never once was I not able to enroll in a class I had planned to take. The survival kit offered all of the school supplies I needed for the semester. The computers allowed me to type up essays for English. And that is just a few of the benefits. Before starting anything though, I sat down with a counselor at EOPS and told them my goals for going to college. They showed me what I needed to do to obtain my goals, and when I changed majors they showed me what I needed to do to obtain my new goals. I was very impressed by how it was about what I wanted to do, what I wanted to accomplish. I felt everyone there really wanted to help me succeed.

At College of the Canyons (CoC) I started out as an English major because I enjoyed writing. After awhile I started to look into careers and couldn't find anything appealing. I ended up changing my major from English to physics but I was only a few classes away from my Associate's degree. I finished up those last few classes to get an AA in English as I started my classes for physics (back to remedial math to get to calculus). CoC doesn't have a physics major as a degree, so I got an Associate's degree in Math before transferring to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as a physics major.

I spent three at CSUN pursuing my degree. I have finally completed all of the requirements to graduate with honors, getting a Bachelor's of Science in physics, with an emphasis in astrophysics and a minor in chemistry. Through CSUN I got an internship with a company called Spectrolab, which is owned by Boeing. I've been working with them for a little over a year and a half now. I will continue working with them over the summer and I have started talking with my manager about getting hired full time now that I'm graduated. I believe this could be the start of a fulfilling career for me.

Going to college has changed my life in so many ways. I have accomplished so very much, and it was the many, many benefits of EOPS that helped me get through it. I can honestly say that I would have been lost at college without them.