Alumna Prepares to Graduate from the University of Southern California

Shelby WhiteIn high school, Shelby White’s dream was to attend the University of Southern California (USC). Her dream will become a reality this December when she graduates from USC with not one, but two bachelor’s degrees. As a double-major student, White will earn degrees in both creative writing from the Department of English and critical studies from the School of Cinematic Arts. This is notable accomplishment because the acceptance rate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts has consistently remained at between 8-9 percent for the past several years, making it highly competitive.

After initially being declined acceptance to USC upon graduation from high school, White followed her mother’s recommendation and enrolled at El Camino College Compton Center in the summer of 2011. “As a former employee of the Compton Unified School District, my mom had worked alongside ECC Compton Center faculty and staff and knew that I would be in good hands,” said White.

Determined to transfer to USC, White decided to take a different approach to school at ECC Compton Center than she had as a student at Calvary Chapel Downey Christian School. White was reluctant to get involved in student activities in high school, but immersed herself in them at ECC Compton Center to make herself a strong transfer candidate. She served as a student ambassador helping with ECC Compton Center’s Outreach Program; was elected by her peers to the office of Associated Student Body Commissioner of Financial Aid; and also participated in the Northern California College Tour and First Year Experience program.

“ECC Compton Center’s First Year Experience program really enhanced my ability to transfer to USC in a year and a half by helping me to get the classes and tutoring I needed,” said White. “I also participated in the Trojan Transfer Plan in order to keep on track with my course of study. The counselors at Compton Center guided me through the specific transfer requirements for USC.”

Now White is preparing to enter a career in television broadcasting. She wants to become a writer for a prime time television show on a major network. Her coursework from USC’s film school and internships are providing her with a good foundation to reach that goal. She is currently an original programming intern at Black Entertainment Television in Los Angeles and also works as a senior producer for “Trojan Vision”, USC’s student-operated television station. To further develop her writing skills, she was a reporter and lifestyle assignments editor for the Daily Trojan student newspaper during her first year at USC.

White is grateful ECC Compton Center’s Transfer Center for helping her transfer to USC. During her time at ECC Compton Center, she took advantage of every opportunity to utilize the student support services offered to reach her educational goals. She encourages other students to explore the many programs, services and workshops that ECC Compton Center provides. “All of the resources really work and are in place to help students succeed,” she said.

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