Dean’s Lists for San Diego and National City

We have such great students! At California College San Diego, we recognize excellence in education for students who attend at least one class per module and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the academic quarter.

Below are students who made our dean’s list for mods 7, 8, and 9, at both the San Diego and National City campuses. If your name is on one of these lists, congrats! For questions, please email

San Diego Campus

Abdullah, Gwendolyn W Grilli, Katelynn A Penilla, Michael
Acorn, Patrick G Hamilton, Malcolm C Peralta, Michael A
Adam, Rabab A Harris-Roberts, Gerbrina R Pham, Annvi D
Amaya, Kasirarat C Heninger, Justuce D Phomthavong, Jaqueline
Amaya, Kasirarat C Hinton, Dominique J Pinela, Enjoli A
Andres, Shallyn P Hollinger, Amanda L Porfirio Segundo, Maira
Arzuaga, Johnny R Howard, Lonnie P Porter, Terrance L
Asuncion, Ma Rosanna F Hoyos Vergara, Nixon D Prado, Steven E
Athnniel, Stivani S Huetteman, Sarah J Presley, Cartarious T
Avii, Jamee M Hurtado, Jessica L Quigg, Christine
Banuelos, Maria G Ibay Jr, Wilfredo Z Ramirez, Jorge A
Barlow, Veronica Jenkins, Stacy D Ramirez, Laura M
Barud, Lewis A Johnson, Lashinika Ricario, Mark N
Batten Jr, James A Jones, Marcus L Romero Anselmo, Karen
Benson, Colleen Kerns, Tilar D Rozier, Audrey L
Berry, Jolynn M Kertes, Christopher S Rubio, Alexander T
Berumen, Esther M Kletter, Patrick U Rutaquio, James C
Bezdichek, Chelsea R Krout, Robert L Sager, Elyssabeth T
Bolanos, Esmeralda Krug-Kaplitz, Sylvia N Salem, Mohamed A
Borchers, Christopher M LaFuze, Jesse G Sanchez, Samanda
Brown, Chyniece Lalap, Michelle B Sanmartin, Christian S
Brown, Nadiyah N Lawless, James M Sath, Channy
Brown, Ronell C Leard, Jacqualyn Scott, Shawn T
Cannon, Cecilia N Ledet, Anthony L Shields, Stetfhone L
Cano, Dennis R Levis, Sharon L Sidhu, Julian S
Carden, Christopher A Lewis, Keonta M Smith, Barney E
Cardenas, Jorge Li, Hong Smith, Kimberly M
Castro-Diaz, Brianna D Loera, Loren J Smith, Laura
Ceron, Joseline Long, Tracy L Sosa, Laarni D
Chever Jr, Gregory K Lopez Jimenez, Elliott Spalsbury, Michael L
Coleman, Crystal J Lynch, Michael K Spurgeon, Rachael N
Collins, Joey L Lytle, Ashley J St. Martin, Christopher S
Crisostomo, Rosa L Magno, Raymond P Tatar, Joseph L
Croswell, Derrick E Manrique, Robert A Taylor, Austin
Cueva, Erika M Martinez-Merizalde, Natalia N Taylor, Bryan
Damian, Justin Roi P McAuley, Shelby L Thomas, Nathaniel T
Davis Jr, Charles E McGhee, Tara D Thompson Shumate, Deanna M
De La Rosa, Joanna Melendrez, Gary R Torino, John P
Decarlo, Renato R Mickey, Tieron S Torres, Irish M
Duenas, Jocelyn R Morales, Samantha Joanna M Trice, Marie A
Ertel, Daniel R Murillo Chavez, Zoveyda Truong, Van Tuan L
Eselin, Mercedes Neim, Fargin Waddell, Kirissa J
Flanigan III, Norris L Neumann Sandoval, Prisilla S Warren, Tawnya L
Fleming Jr, Kennith T Nguyen, Khanh P Wilson, Troy D
Flores, Jacobo M Obasade, John A Winchester, William I
Francisco, Joel Ochoa, Michael H Woolum, David P
Garber, Michelle L Olguin, Mario J Zambrano, Ginney L
Geverola, Isidoro A Oravsky, Jonathan M Zamora, Rita
Gomez Ramos, Marcos Cesar Orsborne, Valerie A Zaragoza, Jessica M
Gonzalez, Angelica L Ortiz Robles, Moises Zaragoza, Martha E
Gonzalez, Hugo Painter, Sarah Louise M Zembol, Audrey L
Green, Kenna Pannone, Annamarie B

National City Campus

Aguero, Guillermina L Gutierrez, Alexis B Perez, Lilibeth
Al Hajri, Duaa A Hairston, Seth A Porter, Bethanie C
Alcantara, Rene A Hernandez, Candace R Quito Jr, Nolasco B
Allison, Adam B Hernandez, Joanna E Rausa, Evelyn T
Amos, Carmina R Hernandez, Yesenia Reynoso, Odette
Atkinson, Michael D Hua, Jason C Rivero, Eric
Ayala, Marlene S Infurna, Kathleen Roberts, Richard A
Ballesteros, Herminia L Ivey, Lisa M Rojo, Marybeth M
Barnes, Elliott L Iyar, Starlene Roybal, Michael A
Bastien, Roosevelt Jones Jr, Floyd W Rubalcava, Johann R
Bernardino, Melina G Jones, Maria Odessa O Rubio Terriquez, Alma R
Borja, Mary Ann C Juarez, Noe Rulloda, Mary Grace M
Campos, Berenice Laugen Sr, Gary R Saenz-Castaneda, Brianna N
Cantor, Ryan J Lawson Jr, John E Sanchez Sainz, Paulette G
Cardenas, Nanci L Le, Tracy L Sandoval-Cruz, Erick X
Carter, Ashley A Leos, Maribel Santiago, Leogelio F
Cazares, Rosa M Leyva Jr, Enrique Santos, Camille S
Cooks, Brian T Lim, Hans Christian N Saucedo, Vanessa L
Cruz Ramos, Carlos J Lopez Ferrer, Verenice Shuhart, Melissa P
Cunningham, Thomas B Lopez, Cindy Simmons, Keesha P
Daugherty, Sean P Lorennij, Loreal L Smith, Shem S
Davis, Lilibeth V Lugo-Loretto, Jose L Soriente, Carmina D
De La Mora Rosales, Zaida Mails, Breanna N Sortillon, Inez
Delong, Joshua J Malana, Leoncio C Stewart, Jarrod B
Dennis, Larry Manabat, Jay D Sweet, Mary J
Diocares, John Nelson C Manantan, Crystal L Tamayo, Octavio
Eramela, Maria Sherlita D Marr, Lenny O Tarlit, Garry N
Estrada, Erika E Martinez Espitia, Nataly Terry, Laura K
Feagiai, Tammy S Maxwell, Britt R Toilolo, Losi I
Fels, Lorraine D Montalvo, Joshua Umali, Joebelle P
Fernandez, Oscar J Morales, Jaleesa A Valmoria, Mizpah F
Garcia, Yanel D Mosko, Michael Villanueva Rodriguez, Esteban
Gaxiola, Tiffany D Mosqueda, Alejandra Villarin, Elvissa S
Gitano, Santino M Najera, Angel B Williams, Vanessa R
Godinez, Jessica Nuyda, Rocelle M Yang, Vue
Gonzalez, Kalina Nuyda, Rocelle M Zeiger, Cristina B
Guerrero, Daniel Ortiz, Jerome V
Guevara, Wendy Ortiz, Vanessa

The Smart Student’s Guide to Overcoming Stress

By Madison Martin

How do you handle stress in school?

The best way to succeed at college is not by pulling all-nighters and having frequent anxiety attacks. Rather, it’s by learning how to balance your studies with smart, stress-busting tactics.

With challenging exams, high expectations, dense materials, and the forever-present “future” looming in front of you, there is no question that higher education can quickly become an incredibly stressful environment. However, that success you chase so fervently should be exciting and not crippling.

So instead of spending the night in the library—black coffee in hand and eyes glazed over—consider these quick tricks to keep you calm while your head is in the game.

1. Time Management

This is more of a proactive solution than a quick fix, but mapping out a daily schedule can not only help keep you on track, but it can also prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

Instead of sweating the 64 other assignments floating around in your mental to-do list, taking a moment to look down at your schedule allows you the freedom to take a deep breath and say, “Alright, for the next hour I am only focusing on this.”

Most of us spend more time worrying than actually working when studies get too demanding. So take a moment to prioritize your daily schedule with deadlines in mind.

2. Avoid Procrastination

 Remember that beautiful schedule you just made? Don’t put in all that smart work and then neglect it because something else sounds more fun. Let’s face it: Studying will never be the most fun part of your day, but putting it off won’t make it go away.

Procrastination can stress you out more than anything else. It makes your deadlines come quicker. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that doing something else for a while will help you in some way, when really you’re just distracting yourself from the more pressing task at hand.

So buckle down and fight the urge to procrastinate by penciling in breaks in your schedule.

3. Don’t Become a Machine

You are a student. You are human. These things are important to remember when you feel like you can’t keep up with everything you have to do.

Sometimes you need a coffee break with a friend, or a yoga class to stretch it out, or even just a nap! It’s important to give yourself time to recharge.

Higher education is not only for growing your intelligence and skillset, but it can be a perfect opportunity for overall self-improvement. You are pursuing your career; you are not your career. Give yourself the time to remember that.

4. Prioritize Sleep

It may be the oldest trick in the book, but it is not something to neglect. A lack of sleep can not only affect your focus and mood during the day, but it can also interfere with memory and concentration.

Without giving your brain the proper time to absorb information and recover, those facts and figures won’t stick. So ditch the all-nighters. Instead, study before bed and sleep on it. You not only will avoid a bad mood in the morning, but you’ll be better prepared for class. That pillow looks pretty good now, huh?

5. Diet and Exercise

Most stress is strongly correlated with health problems.

  • “I can’t get this done, I’m too tired…”
  • “I’m so scared I will fail this, I can’t sleep…”

Sound familiar? Quality is just as important as quantity when it comes to sleep, because even the most stressful days should include a solid 6-8 hours. But a poor diet can cause you to toss and turn at night.

Try to avoid sugar and energy drinks while studying late, and learn what foods can help you focus. Sometimes the foods that make you feel better in the short-run do not help you perform your best. I promise you, that pint of ice cream is not your friend. Maybe turn to tea or black coffee, trail mix, or a crunchy salad.

It is a common misconception that exercise is only for athletes. Even if you don’t need a bikini body, adding something physical to your day could help you blow off steam when you’re stressed. Make it something you enjoy! Hate running? Try going on a hike! Hate the gym? Take an outdoor yoga class! Grab a friend and try something new. You will laugh and move and allow your body the same exercise you’ve been giving your brain.

Regular exercise will help you sleep, eat, relax, and therefore help you learn. That sounds like a win-win to me.


With challenging studies, stress may be impossible to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome it. By implementing these stress-busting techniques, you can out-smart the stress that can so quickly sneak up on you in college. It’s just a simple balancing act of taking care of both your education and yourself. You’ve got this.

Are you ready to conquer stress at school? We make starting college easy and stress-free!

California College San Diego offers a wide variety of degree programs designed for some of today’s fastest-growing career fields, such as businesshealthcare, and information technology. Call 800-622-3188 or visit today to learn more.

6 Easy Ways to Build Your Career Network

Being in school is the perfect time to start making connections that will help you later when you’re looking to find or switch jobs.

One of the best ways to make those connections is to simply to talk to your peers and professors whenever you have a chance.

Here are six questions to help you get conversations started.

1. What kind of job do you want to get after graduating?

Take advantage of online forums. Email, message boards, chat rooms, and social media channels are great ways to connect. Talk with your fellow students about their career goals and what they want to get out of the program. Try to have these chats outside of structured study time so you don’t come off as not caring about the work.

2. What’s your favorite hobby?

Ask your fellow students about their lives and interests outside of school. Hobbies may or may not relate to what you’re studying, but showing interest in them helps you form friendships that may be helpful later. Ongoing research supports the idea that a mix of casual and closer personal connections are most effective for job seekers.

3. Do you get news from Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter?

First, make yourself a LinkedIn profile if you haven’t yet. Talking to your classmates about what they use social media for and what they read opens the door to connect with them on those sites. Though chatting on Twitter or Facebook might seem unrelated to school, it’s not. They can be great places to share industry news and talk about what you’re learning.

4. What do you like about your program?

Remember to network with people outside your field of study, too. Though they may not end up working in the same industry, they might hear about work in your industry. Also, with so many people changing careers these days, you might just end up sharing a field with someone who studied something very different in school.

5. What is your favorite thing about your career?

While you’re still in school, ask for informational interviews with people who have jobs you want to get someday or work in the industry for which you’re training. An informational interview is a good way to learn more about what your dream job might be like in real life as well as build a career network that will be useful when you start looking for jobs.

6. How did you find a job right after graduating?

Don’t be afraid to ask your instructors questions not just about your coursework, but about their career paths. Did they go right to teaching? Did they have other positions between finishing school and their current one? When instructors ask for it, give them feedback on the class and do the extra credit work. You may be asking teachers for recommendations after you finish the class, so anything you can do to make yourself memorable will benefit you.

Networking may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember that it’s really just about talking to people.

Are you ready to further your education and career?

California College San Diego offers a wide variety of degree programs designed for some of today’s fastest-growing career fields, such as businesshealthcare, and information technology. Call 800-622-3188 or visit today to learn more.

8 Career Paths for a Business Major

In terms of career options, it’s hard to beat a business degree. While you may want to specialize in a field while learning about business, you can also apply the skills you learn to a wide range of professions.

A business degree can take your career almost anywhere you want to go. As long as you’re excited about learning, the principles of big-picture management, marketing, and financial analysis are easy to put to use. Fortunately, these skills transfer to other industries. If you want to switch careers down the line, your business degree may well still come in handy.

Here are eight top career possibilities to help set your degree on the employment track.

1. Sales

If you’re a people person who loves matching people with products and services they need, sales might be a great career path for you.

A sales position involves acquiring customers, maintaining customer relationships, and overseeing the distribution of products or services to those customers. Positions such as sales rep or sales manager are prime examples of what many business majors go on to do in their careers.

2. Finance

Another common career for business majors is finance.

A business management or administration degree with an emphasis on accounting, forensic accounting, or asset management can prepare you for a role in finance.

Analysis, bookkeeping, accounting, banking, and investment are some options that you may pursue. Degrees such as business administration with an asset management emphasis (BS) or accounting (BS) may be good choices for the financially-minded.

3. Human Resources

Human resources jobs are equal parts good business skills and good interpersonal skills.

These roles require knowledge of company operations including maintaining employee records, managing payroll, analyzing data, and recruiting employees. A degree in business administration with a human resources emphasis (BS) would be good preparation for this type of career.

4. Consulting

Many businesses and organizations don’t necessarily have good business skills in-house. This is where consultants come in.

Management consultants or analysts determine where companies need improvement and come up with solutions. You may opt to specialize as a consultant, for instance, in technology or healthcare, and work with a wide range of companies. This position can be a good fit for people who like to work for themselves and who thrive in varied environments.

5. Entrepreneurship

Do you already have a passion for something that you want to build a career around? No matter what kind of company you want to start, business knowledge can be valuable.

Handling finances, managing yourself and other people, and selling skills are things you can apply to your own business. Budding entrepreneurs will want to consider the business administration with an entrepreneur emphasis (MBA) degree.

6. Creative Pursuits

Though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re considering a business degree, many jobs in TV, movies, and the arts are viable options for business majors.

Consider artist and event management or marketing for arts if you’re curious about this career path. If you know this is where you want to head, check out business administration with a technology emphasis (BS).

7. Nonprofit Work

Another unexpected option for business majors is work in nonprofits. After all, nonprofits need people who can fundraise, develop donor relationships, and manage money well.

It’s a common misconception that people get paid peanuts at nonprofits. Work at nonprofits can offer the satisfaction of supporting a social cause you care about while also being financially rewarding.

8. Government

As with nonprofit work, government agencies need employees who can manage money, as well as day-to-day operations and logistics. There are a number of government agencies you might look to for a job, including the IRS, the SBA (Small Business Administration), the OPM (Office of Personnel Management), and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

These eight examples are just some of the places a business degree can take you. Your business skills will make you a valuable asset anywhere you choose to go.


Are you ready to take the next step? California College San Diego offers a wide variety of degree programs designed for some of today’s fastest-growing career fields, such as businesshealthcare, and information technology. Call 800-622-3188 or visit today to learn more.