College applications are in, and students are now anxiously waiting for the letter that will define their future.
When Yolanda Franklin got hers, it meant a new beginning.
"I wanted to move up in my career," said Franklin, a re-entry student at UC Davis. "And in order to move up, to become management, you had to have a bachelor's degree."
She said going back to school was the best decision she made, but for others it was a necessity.
"For me, it was my only choice," UC Davis graduate Suzan Azeredo said.
Azeredo got laid off in 2008 and getting a new job was almost impossible.
"I was competing with other people for jobs," Azeredo explained. "My experience was not enough because I didn't have any degrees."