I’d like to say that over a year ago I was in the same position many of you are in now: searching for the right college. To be honest, I was worried more about the financial aspect of higher education than actually looking for an institution. I had no idea where to begin and for first-generation students the college process may appear more daunting, but if you are willing to put in some time you will get through it.
ASK, ASK, ASK! Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You may think that you’ll look dumb because your classmates seem to know what they’re doing or where they’re headed. But, you’ll only hurt yourself by not getting the information you need. You may be wondering: “Where do I find the Common Application? What should my essay be about? What is the college curriculum and rigor like? Where can I obtain fee waivers (if you receive free/reduced lunch, many colleges will waive the application fees)? Where do I want to go to school? Do I want to tan outside in sunny California or brave the New England winters?”
Remember that you are not alone in this process and if you ever have a specific question or don’t feel comfortable approaching one of your teachers with something in particular, please don’t hesitate to ask any of us here at the CSO program.
P.S: Keep a look out for a video blog with my fellow CSO scholar and Dartmouth peer, Irvin Gomez!