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Thankful for the things we often take for granted…

Being with my family these past few days has made me realize just how fortunate I am for having a house over my head for the holidays. I began to think about how many people don't have anyone to go home to.  I am grateful that everyone in my family is also relatively...

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A Chicana Hero

College is the BEST!! I’ve had days where I felt overwhelmed and thought that I might not be able to make it to the end of the week, but that comes along with the transition. It’s something new, it’s something challenging, but it’s something you can handle. When I...

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The Unexpected

When life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? On September 26th, 2009, I lost a very close friend, Adrianna Duffy, due to pulmonary embolism. She was only 17 years old when she left us. I met her a few years back at an A Better Chance (ABC) southern college tour....

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Don't Judge a College by The Pamphlet

I’m sure you have heard this before but don’t rule out a college by the price, but there are other things that I want to point out that you should or should not judge a school by. 1. Size-- I know many people do base their college searches on sizes of the school; but...

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Climb High, Climb Far…TAKE RISKS!

Hey guys! Frequently here at Williams I walk past Hopkins gate. Engraved on this passageway are these encouraging words: "Climb High, Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky; Your Aim the Star" These simple yet meanigful words, evoke just how important it is to strive beyond the...

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gobble gobble!

It's already 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and I know most of you high students are looking forward to it because that means a 4 day weekend! I remember thinking that last year and couldn't wait for it to come. What I also remember about this time was that I was getting...

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E.D. early decision or easily distressed?

Dang, you got an 84 on that Calc test? Good luck getting in YaleVardStanNceton or ColumWillBrownReedMudd [hmm, smashing college names doesn't work as well first names]. Many of you probably applied E.D. to schools already. Some of you probably took a test and didn't...

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it's midnight already???

Time. It is what we all want more of right? Right now I am really wishing I had more time in my life because I am one busy person right now! I am going to college full time, I work at Sears part time, I have to volunteer 40 hours before December 12,2009 (I still have...

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Do you feel like time is running out?

That’s how I felt last year at this time. The leaves were falling off the trees, the air had a bite, and the sun was setting earlier.  The election season was over, and I had spent the last few months putting off thinking about college in favor of work and the...

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Check out Duylam and Jesse in the news!

The Wellesley (Ma.) Townsman recently interviewed Duylam and Jesse about obstacles they overcame to become first in their family to go to college and their involvement with the Opportunity Scholars blog. Read the article...

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