A California School’s Advisor Hits the Road to Ease First-Year College Students’ Jitters
John Fensterwald, EdSource
As a freshman and the first in her family to attend college, Dulce Grant was nervous and unsure of herself. Now 27, she’s mentoring other students from her high school who face the same insecurities and pressures.
In 2017-2018, 1 in 4 freshman students enrolled at California State University, East Bay in Hayward didn’t return the following year. For the 23 CSU campuses statewide, the dropout rate was nearly 1 in 7. Grant, the success counselor at a charter school network called Downtown College Prep, is determined her students won’t be part of that statistic.