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