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Applying to College | #WeBelongInCollege Stories

Last updated February 26, 2020

Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves going through the college process alone. We all need more help applying to college. Listen to these #WeBelongInCollege stories and discover how these students managed to persist through the college process. 

Jackie’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Jackie was discouraged from applying to college by her school counselor. Refusing to give up, Jackie searched for and found the support that she needed and got into every school that she applied to. 

Camila’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Applying to college when you’re a first-generation college student can be very difficult. In Camila’s story, she explains how she found the support she needed to persist. 

Daniela’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Daniela, who is a first generation college student, talks about how she managed to get the help she needed to apply to college, including filling out the FAFSA and applying for scholarships. 

Cheryl’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Cheryl’s story sheds light on how positive college counseling can make all the difference. When Cheryl had the support of a well trained college counselor, she was finally able to make her college dreams come true! 

Zahra’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

What made Zahra so sure that she belonged in college? She was inspired by her mother who defied the odds by going to (and graduating) college while working and raising four kids.

Thalia’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

When things got tough during the college process, it was Thalia’s siblings that kept her going. As the first in her family to apply to college, she wanted to be a role model for them. She wants to be able to help them when they're ready to begin their college applications. 

Joy’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Joy’s mom stopped going to school after the 8th grade, so Joy had to figure out how to apply to college on her own. Then came the FAFSA. Each step in the process was overwhelming. But the feeling of pride after surmounting the many hurdles she faced made Joy come to believe that we all belong in college.

Alexa’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Alexa questioned whether she belonged in college after watching her sister go through the college process. Her sister was accepted into her dream school, but then couldn’t afford to enroll there.


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