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Kendrick Bernas
Kendrick Bernas San Francisco State University, Biology

I took my first class at CSM via the concurrent enrollment program back as a high school student and I was instantly hooked! The collaborative and dynamic learning environment along with CSM’s supportive and qualified faculty is why I chose to attend CSM. And fundamentally, that has been the cornerstone of a truly fulfilling experience that came with the opportunity to learn and succeed. As CSM students, we’re fortunate to have so many articulation agreements set up with the University of California, California State University, and private universities to ensure we have a guaranteed pathway to excellent colleges and universities.  Transfer coordinator Mike Mitchell and Counselor Martin Bednarek are indispensable to CSM’s students. They provide counseling services, host transfer workshops, and hold transfer events (such as Transfer Day, personalized meetings with college representatives, and University Tours) for students to become familiar with the transfer process. The faculty are also very qualified, many with PhDs in their respective fields, yet their attention is always focused toward student success rather than on research. My advice to becoming a successful transfer student is to take charge of your education, stay aggressive, and be knowledgeable about your transfer goals. Use helpful websites like and attend events held by Transfer Services. Never be afraid to seek help or ask questions. Try your best to develop a relationship with your counselor and university representatives. And most importantly, make the most of your education and experience at CSM.