Stephen ApanelI started looking at colleges in high school and was unsure of what to do for a career. My parents were supportive of my going, but not having gone down the road themselves were unaware of what the path looked like.

I was interested in architecture and went to Northampton Community College and received an associate's degree. I was able to transfer to Philadelphia University and graduate with a bachelor's degree in architectural studies with a minor in human resource management.

I learned a lot from that transfer experience, such as how a university operates, the necessary preparations that need to occur prior to stepping foot in a classroom and what resources are available to a student for support either socially or financially.