Inland Empire / Desert community college students who successfully transferred to a public or private university share their experiences about navigating this process. During in-depth conversations, the students highlight the challenges they faced and the strategies they used to overcome them at various stages of their transfer journey. They share experiences about preparing for community college, maneuvering the community college system, managing external factors, and actualizing transfer. One-on-one interviews provide insights from the student perspective about ways to strengthen student advising and supports. If implemented, these student suggestions for straightforward and actionable interventions could have a transformative effect on educational outcomes in the Inland Empire.