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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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Malala: Valuing Education

Posted by Evelyn

Recently, there was a little girl from Pakistan who is becoming a viral sensation for her interview with Jon Stewart on his daily show. Her name is Malala and she is 16 years old and she realizes one thing that many of us take for granted living in the U.S.A: Education is power. She was shot by the Taliban for standing up for women’s education. She knows that with education comes knowledge which is the most powerful weapon of all.

 

I think many of us fail to notice that in other parts of the world, education is prohibited. We have such an amazing opportunity here and many of us just complain: “Why do we have to go to school?” and “I can’t wait for school to end!” are all too common sayings that come from the mouths of students. We need to listen and learn from Malala’s story and revalue the education we receive. In the end, that is truly the only way we can become more united.

 

Below is the link for Malala’s interview:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-8-2013/exclusive—malala-yousafzai-extended-interview-pt–1


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How to Prepare for College During High School

Posted by Arzoo

High School to college is a huge stepping-stone and it is very important to be well prepared for it. High school students can prepare by researching different schools both in state and out of state to branch out. They should look at school locations, programs, degrees, and housing. Once you have a list of schools you should always check out the campus. Usually schools hold preview days, information sessions or personal campus tours for prospective students. Organization is the key for college applications; it’s crucial to have all the important dates written down and completing all the required documents. Other than preparation, students should be engaged in the high school and build relationships with teachers. They give great advice and become good recommendation letters.


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CSU & UC Applications Open!

Posted by Jade

October 1st is the day! Fall 2014 applications for the CSUs and UCs have officially opened (although you will not be able to officially submit your UC applications until November 1st). If anything, you should remember that filling out a college application TAKES TIME. Do not assume that you are going to get all your applications gathered, filled out, and submitted in one day. You may have questions or concerns.

 

Luckily, CSU Mentor for example has an express feature where you can fill out one application and then copy your personal info to other campus applications! Saves you a lot of time, but make sure your info is right the first time around! Also, just because you start your application doesn’t mean you have to finish it; you can always save what you input for later and come back to it.

 

What you’ll need in order to apply to CSUs and UCs:

 

  • Transcripts. You don’t need to submit your transcripts at this point, but you will definitely need them to fill out high school course information and GPA info.
  • Test scores, if you have them.
  • A close estimate of your family’s annual income. You will need this information in order to get a fee waiver or apply for EOP.
  • Social Security Number, if you have one.
  • Residency status and info.

 

Applications for both the CSUs and UCs are due by November 30, 2013. If you’re applying to private colleges and universities, be sure to check the requirements and deadlines for each school as they may differ from campus to campus. Best of luck!


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