New book by alum Michael Lai "From a Counselor: The Fastest and Most Affordable Way to a College Degree"

Author: Rebecca Toporek
March 14, 2023
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Announcing a new book from Michael Lai, alum of the Department of Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling. Michael is a community college counselor and instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, California. His own higher education journey started as a community college student and graduated from the San Francisco State Counseling Department in 2011. Today, he specializes in supporting first-generation low-income students in utilizing the community college path in support of their educational and career goals. Michael's book, From a Counselor: The Fastest and Most Affordable Way to a College Degree, provides a unique perspective on how students can start taking ownership of their educational experience and aims to address many myths and messages floating around the pursuit of higher education. The book is designed to spark discussion and debate between students, parents, and education practitioners and has been a useful tool in his work with K-12 students, parents, and college students.