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The CSU College Corps: Making Powerful Dreams a Reality

By Xiomara Maldonado,
Student at California State University, Los Angeles
CSU College Corps Advisor

Xiomara Maldonado (center) with two of her dedicated Huntington Park College Ready Academy 10th grade students, Estefania Frayle and Javier Jara.

Xiomara Maldonado (center) with two of her dedicated Huntington Park College Ready Academy 10th grade students, Estefania Frayle and Javier Jara.

Students in high school have many powerful dreams – a good career, better environment, and brighter future.  These students also have many needs – a good education, counseling, and endless moral support.  The challenge is fostering the desire to pursue something great in students who will face struggles along the way.  That is why I believe the CSU College Corps is about more than just “wise words,” it is about setting an example and showing that success is possible.

Through the College Corps program, I reach out to 10th grade students at Huntington Park College Ready Academy High School to promote higher education.  Many students are skeptical about their chances of getting into college, so I meet with them twice a week and describe different aspects of college from my own experience.

From admission requirements to campus resources, I attempt to reduce their intimidation and replace it with the assurance that going to college is essential. I let them know that preparation for the future begins now, and that hard work is a reality of life.  Through lectures, activities and one-on-one pep talks, I am able to enhance their concept of higher education.

Through CSU College Corps students learn about the significance of grades, test scores and self-discipline. They have a chance to participate in activities and to speak up. I want their feedback, because it is important that they help me help them.

Through this program, students gain the power to become exceptional leaders and examples for their peers. I hope my efforts, and those of my fellow College Corps advisors, help many students navigate a path to a lifetime of success.

Note: The CSU/AT&T Road to College bus travels to Huntington Park College Ready Academy on Tuesday, May 11.  AT&T provided funding for the CSU College Corps as part of the same $1.6 million four-year contribution that also supported the first CSU/AT&T Road to College tour in 2008.

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3 Comments to “The CSU College Corps: Making Powerful Dreams a Reality”

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  2. Lauren, Student  Says:

    We need more people like you.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. John T., Student  Says:

    I’m so proud of you.You are a smart young lady with so much potential. I’m sure these 10th graders admire your dedication.

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