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Panic rooms assist students

By Dyon Bramlett / Staff Writer
On December 8, 2011

LBCC students had to complete their CSU and U.C. online transfer applications by Nov. 30 as a priority filing deadline for Fall 2012.

The application assistance "panic rooms" is the name LBCC staff give to the area reserved for the last days in November.

"This is typically when panic sets in and many students realize they only have a handful of days left to receive help on their applications," LBCC transfer coordinator Ruben Page said.

Prior to the panic rooms, the Transfer Center coordinated CSU, U.C. and USC application workshops and application assistance labs, which served close to 350 students. Students who were in need of help went to both the LAC and PCC where counselors and Transfer Center staff helped them as they tried to complete online transfer applications.

About 200 students were assisted in the panic rooms, with most students seen in the last three days of November, Page said. About 300 students visited the panic rooms last year.

"The numbers for panic rooms this year may have been lower due to increased application workshops, additional application assistance labs early in November and marketing of the Nov. 30 deadline since the beginning of the semester," Page explained.

More than 1,000 students transfer to universities each academic year. Most students needing panic room assistance were transferring to either Cal State Long Beach or Cal State Dominguez Hills and UCLA was the U.C. most students were targeting, Page said.

Cal State Dominguez Hills has decided to continue to accept Fall 2012 transfer applications after the Nov. 30 priority filing deadline and other CSU campuses are doing the same, Page said. Page, who has been coordinator for 10 years, said, "These schools may close their application filing period without notice, so students should apply for open CSU schools at as soon as possible if interested."

Peter Kim, a 24-year-old film major, applied to UCLA, U.C. Irvine, U.C. Riverside and U.C. Santa Barbara. "UCLA was my first choice because of their film program. It's a top school and competitive to get into and a high GPA is important," Kim said. Doing his applications online was easy and he didn't know anything about panic rooms for assistance.

A majority of the students helped in the panic rooms were grateful that they could receive in-person assistance from counselors and transfer staff while they worked on their applications, they said. Many students needed assistance, but some just needed assurance that they were applying correctly. As students completed their applications, Page reminded them to check their emails regularly, especially the "spam" folder for correspondence, such as transcript requests from the schools they applied to.

Students should finish their last semesters at LBCC with strong grades to protect admissions offers from the universities, Page suggested. 

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