Karen Dorantes is running full speed toward her goals. This cross country running student-athlete was not only accepted to Loyola University Chicago, Robert Morris University, and Roosevelt University early decision through City Colleges’ Transfer Scholars program, she’s also on her way to the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country National Championship in November 2018.

As a senior at Lane Tech, Karen worked with her counselor to find a school that was close to home, affordable, and where she might be able to continue participating in cross country and track and field. When her counselor told her about the Star Scholarship, it seemed like the perfect answer.

With the goal of becoming an occupational therapist and working with children with disabilities, Karen will finish her Associate of Science in the spring of 2019. She now has time to decide which four-year university she will transfer to in the fall to study psychology before heading to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree.

Karen thinks that both the Transfer Center and the Transfer Scholars program are underutilized resources, saying “Transfer Scholars made things so much easier. I was stressed about the process – writing essays, filling out applications, meeting deadlines – but it’s not as hard when you have someone reminding you about what needs to get done and working with your schedule. Natalia Zuniga, the Transfer Center Director, was with me every step of the way.”

Karen also credits her teachers, coaches, the athletic department, and the Tutoring Center for helping her stay on track.

“Faculty and staff are always checking up on you – I feel very supported. Balancing school and athletics is tough, but everyone keeps me on my toes.”

Karen is hoping that whatever university she chooses to attend in the fall, she will be able to continue her running career.

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