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Mei Zhou
Mei Zhou San Francisco State University

Major: Nursing
"CSM provided tons of opportunities as well as advice to guide me in achieving my goal," says Mei Zhou, a successful transfer student. Recently, Mei learned that her four years of hard work at CSM paid off as she was among the 80 accepted to start San Francisco State University's nursing program this fall; some 800 applied."Getting into a nursing program has always been my dream," she adds.

Mei arrived in the United States from China at 19 with English as her second language and immediately began taking classes to improve her reading, writing and conversational skills to help her tackle her other college-level material.She attributed her educational success to her steady progress in learning English, mentioning particularly the assistance she received from CSM's Writing Center and one professor specifically. "Professor Linda Scholer helped me the most," Mei says. "She is patient, responsible and knowledgeable. She helped me with my essays and taught me various grammar skills." "Mei is the consummate student: curious, eager to learn, and intellectually disciplined. In addition, she is warm and compassionate--she'll be a perfect nurse," says Scholer.

Mei speaks highly of others at CSM as well, complimenting Science Professor Linda Hand and Counselor Aisha Upshaw. "Their helpful advice helped to keep me motivated and allowed me to conquer all the difficulties I'd been facing." Mei also found CSM Transfer Services and its coordinator Mike Mitchell as significant in her choosing and applying to four-year universities. She notes how the transfer workshops taught her how to prepare university applications and write personal statements. "I am proud and lucky to be a CSM student and to have met all these great professors and counselors. They helped lead the way to my success," she concludes. This feature first appeared in CSM's President's eNews in August 2008.