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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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Why Your GPA Matters

Posted by Marissa

Hello Students!


College is an exciting experience, and you want to make sure you do the best you can academically to prepare as well as when you’re in college. One of the major things colleges look for is a good grade point average (GPA). As a graduating college senior, I know how important a GPA can be for your future. Your GPA is the calculated average of the letter grades you earn in school, based on a 4.0 scale. Each letter grade is designated to a number and the scale is as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.


Your GPA is important for the following reasons:

  • In high school, your GPA can make you eligible to take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in your junior and senior years, which boosts your GPA even higher.
  • The better your GPA, the better chances you have of getting into the college of your choice.
  • It’s important to keep your GPA high throughout college because it looks good for future jobs.
  • If you plan on pursing higher education after you graduate college, it may be required to have a certain GPA, so keep it high.
  • High GPA’s can be a determining factor when receiving scholarships.

Remember, your GPA can make a huge difference in your future! Make sure you work hard and always maintain a good GPA. Also, make sure you have fun while doing it!

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Get Involved!

Posted by Ana

Not going in straight to a four-year university was something I chose to do, but in hindsight I have my doubts about it. I attended Ventura and Oxnard Colleges before transferring into CSU Channel Islands. It was a great experience and it did help me decide what career I wanted in life, but in those two years I dedicated all my time to school without getting involved in any other activities while I was there. When I began my first semester in CSUCI, I knew that I did want to be involved in more activities, but being a transfer student is not easy. I had to get used to a new campus, new classes, and a new system. Thankfully my sister, who has been attending this school since her freshman year here, was able to help me during my second semester. Little by little, I have been able to be more involved in school and I know that each program I have been involved in since then has helped me grow as a student and as a person.

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Be Prepared and Do Your Research!

Posted by Jade

Greetings students! So happy you stopped by the HTGTC Blog! Going to college is a big commitment and with that comes huge rewards! As a student who has completed college and is now in graduate school, I am delighted to share my tips on how you can best prepare. The keyword I am going to stress to you is simple: PREPARE!


Here are a few tips you can all use on your journey to college:


Do your research—look into schools that interest you and explore their major options. Keep in mind how aligned each college and its majors are with your own personal, academic, and career goals. Visit college websites for starters and take a campus tour of any school that really jumps out at you. Also, note all deadlines for each school, not only for admission, but for scholarships and financial aid information. A good example of one tool you can use for college preparation, planning, and applying is


Also, be responsible for yourself and stay informed! In college, you won’t always have mom, dad, and teachers staying on you about handling your business. You have to be responsible for you, and develop self-discipline. Take control of your education now and I promise you won’t regret it!



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