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No matter who you are or how you’ve prepared for college, you’re bound to have a long list of questions. Our student ambassadors had college dreams just like you do and they worked hard to achieve them. Read their stories below and share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Financial Aid: Free Money for College!

Posted by Marisol

The easiest way to apply for financial aid is by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines the grants and scholarships you qualify for. The first time I filled out the FAFSA, I was nervous because the application was very lengthy and can take a while to fill out. And in addition to your personal information, you’ll need your parents’ as well. The good thing is that it saves all your information so if you don’t know the answer to something you can continue it later.

Try to go to FAFSA seminars at your high school or ask a counselor for help on any questions you may have. I remember I went to a seminar that explained what certain questions meant and they even helped me get started on filling out the application. If you need more help you can also call the colleges you plan on attending, or you can even get live web help from the FAFSA site too. Try your best to apply and finish the application before March since the deadline is usually in the first days of March.

Financial aid can be very helpful, and in my case it’s the only reason I was able to go to a CSU without paying for it all myself. I’ve been in school for five years now and each year I got enough financial aid to pay for all of my schooling, including books and housing. So remember, it doesn’t hurt to apply for a FAFSA. Plus, it saves your personal information so the following school year it will be easier and faster to fill it out. So go to and get a head start on applying for free money!

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Your Major, Your Career, Your Life

Posted by Jessica

Picking a major depicts your future career goals. In order to succeed in the major and pursuing a career, there are guidelines you need to follow and classes you need to take to complete the major successfully. In order to also complete the classes in a successful manner, it is an option to go see a counselor—they are very helpful. They help you choose the appropriate classes and they will also help you avoid taking the wrong classes. Your major is what helps you find what you love to do. You may think that you have a passion for a certain major, but taking classes in college helps you find what is suitable for you. College is a place to find yourself and what major is right for you. It’s about discovering where your major and career will lead you in life.

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My High School Path

Posted by Monica

At my high school, the requirements to graduate were the same as the requirements to apply to a CSU, so more than 95% of my graduating class went to a community college or university right after graduating. It was expected of us by our teachers, parents and classmates to pursue higher education. At my school, you could take a maximum of seven classes per year, and I took seven every year except my senior year. I took Honors Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and AP Studio Art over the course of my high school education. I was enrolled in AVID, a four year program designed to help students prepare and apply to college. AVID gave me a support system and tons of resources for information about colleges, and helped me become more organized and take fantastic notes.


However, not everything was smooth sailing. I always struggled with math, and failed English my sophomore year, which is usually my strongest subject. After making it up in summer school, I was once again eligible to apply to college, and applied to several state schools. I finished with a 3.2 GPA, and was accepted to every school I applied to. Even after making a few mistakes, I never gave up on my dream to go to college and have a wonderful career, and now I’m working hard to graduate in a few more years.



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