POV: College Student in her Junior Year

College has always been something that has been a huge part of my goals and aspirations growing up. As the child of two parents who never even finished high school in their country, education was seen to be the way out. The way out of our socioeconomic status and the…

What I Wrote About in My College Essay

With Barnard really emphasizing its holistic approach, the personal statement portion of your application is probably one of the most important aspects. I remember in high school, I was panicked by the idea of writing my entire life story in 650 words. Somehow the word limit felt both too much…

A New Chapter

As I am writing this blog post, I have just closed out my first month of school after being fully remote. I am officially a junior at Barnard College in New York City and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Heading back to campus was filled with excitement as…

Who Can Vouch For You?

Letters of recommendation for any application provide insight into how others perceive you and how you present yourself to the people around you. It is important that when choosing a recommender, it is someone who knows you well and can speak highly and honestly about you and the person you…

A Sense of Belonging

Hello to everyone reading. My name is Eyzel Torres and I am a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A little about myself; I grew up in a suburb of Chicago with parents who drilled the idea of higher education into my being. This value in education comes…

Being Back on Campus

College is not easy.  This is more a statement of fact than opinion. And spending the past year and a half--if you count that awkward moment when we were told to pack up our belongings and leave school to finish the semester at home--on Zoom University was one of the…

What I am Excited/Anxious About This Semester

Hello everyone, I am glad to be blogging again for my last academic school year here at Virginia Commonwealth University. In less than a year I will be a college graduate, which is shocking to think about. People are not lying when they say college flies by. Out of the…

Finding the Best Fit

Selecting the colleges to apply to is never an easy task and always instills feelings of anxiety and doubt. The decision involves a careful evaluation of various ingredients: test scores, GPA, financial aid, majors and minors offered, etc. We are focused on the numbers and statistics that the institution provides…

Lowell, I’m Home!

Home. Never did I ever think that I would  attribute the word “home” to my university. For the past months, I have been doing virtual school at my actual home. But now, I am back doing in-person courses at my second home: the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I honestly never thought this day…