John Rojas, NorCal College Tour

Cypress College Puente, Legacy, and Honors program students had the opportunity to go on a three-day Northern California college tour last Thursday, April 20 to Saturday, April 22. The trip helped to familiarize them with other colleges in the state, as well as inspire them to consider transfer colleges not just based on proximity to home. The students visited four Central and Northern California public university campuses—the University of California, Santa Barbara; San Jose State University; the University of California, Davis; and the University of California, Berkeley—and the California State Capitol on a trip that also gave them the opportunity to see and experience other parts of the state.


John Rojas, Puente Program Class 21
Plans to major in sociology or urban and regional planning
Hopes to transfer to UC Santa Barbara or UC Davis after graduating from Cypress College

Last week, the Puente program went on a trip to Northern California for a college tour at four different campuses. We were accompanied by students from the Honors and Legacy programs. We visited the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State University; and University of California, Davis. We also visited Sacramento and San Francisco.

The tour was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. On our way there, we passed through various landscapes along the Pacific Ocean. Our first stop was UC Santa Barbara. I really loved the architecture of the campus and I learned a lot about the programs and majors they offer. Out of all the universities we visited, I thought UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis were the best. I hope to transfer to one of these schools and play soccer for them one day.

On the second day of the trip, we visited the State Capitol in Sacramento and learned more about the history of the building.

My favorite part of the trip was when we visited San Francisco at the end of the second day. It was my first time there and I was very excited about crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Overall, I had a wonderful time with my Puente family, and I hope to visit all of these places again soon. The Puente program has really helped me survive college. I first came to Cypress College to play soccer, but I ended up joining Puente, which was the best decision I’ve made in my life. I highly encourage everyone to check the program out.

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