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College Dreams Blog

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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Nurture Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted by Kiera Sailor

My first year as a freshman, I wasn’t homesick at all; I felt independent and free. However, my second year as a biology major became more intense, and the reality of academic difficulty hit me. I had to create new study tools and habits because the classes were very different from my first year classes. I didn’t know what to do. I was overwhelmed with chemistry exams, biology labs, social life and a part- time job. My family was encouraging but we were unable to talk face to face.

 

Then my friend referred me to CAPS, my campus Counseling and Psychological Services. Many students are ashamed to take advantage of these services, although they provide extremely valuable resources. The counselors are so caring and encouraging, and are available to speak with you one on one. They also work with your schedule and your preferences for a counselor. Just think of them as advisors for the mind, body and spirit, guiding you on how to balance every aspect of your life.


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Better Yourself by Getting Involved

Posted by Grady Mitchell

I started college as a shy, introverted student living in the dorms knowing nobody on campus. I took general education courses that looked interesting with good professors, attended school and dorm events, hung out with people who I felt made me a better person, and went to organizations that I was interested in to learn more. Doing these things was not easy for me at all; feeling comfortable took time. But now I can say that I feel at home on my campus because I made the effort to put myself out there. I am heavily involved in a fraternity founded on values and ideals close to my heart, I am President of my school’s German Club and Treasurer of our Climbing Club, and I serve students on my campus as a representative in the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors.

 

Follow your heart, take risks even when you’re afraid, and look for what is best for you!


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Finding Scholarships for College

Posted by Alex Caratti

The biggest favor you can do for yourself is secure funding for college. There are tons of scholarships that go unclaimed each year. You don’t have to be the smartest or most athletic student at your school to get one. Apply and you will surprise yourself.

 

When looking for scholarships, the first thing I did was go to my guidance counselor, who had a list of scholarships I could apply to. Once I went through those, I looked for opportunities offered by local charities, companies and non-profit organizations. Finally, I looked at other online resources, such as the San Diego Foundation which uses a common application. This means you fill out only one application to apply for multiple scholarships! I applied to the San Diego Foundation and found the application process to be very easy and understandable.

 

From my experience, the best advice when applying for scholarships is follow the application instructions! I also wrote essays that told my story and when selected for an interview, I showed the panel that I was the best choice. I applied to as many scholarships as I could. Invest time and effort and you will see some great results.


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