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Feeling Unprepared for College | #WeBelongInCollege Stories

Last updated May 20, 2020

The entire college process may seem daunting, but with a lot of support and preparation, it does get easier. Find out how these students dealt with being unprepared for college and what strategies they took to overcome it. 

Karoline’s #WeBelongInCollege on Remedial Math

During her senior year in high school, Karoline was told that she needed to pass a standardized geometry test in order to graduate (she had never taken Geometry). When she failed the test, she started to question if she belonged in college. Listen to her story about how she persisted and made it to college!

Sebastian’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

When Sebastian compared his grades and test scores to his peers who were getting into college, he started to question whether he belonged. His family and friends believed in him and thanks to their support, he too came to believe that he does belong in college. 

Tiana’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Tiana lost confidence and came very close to giving up because she was comparing herself to students who were getting into competitive colleges. She decided to stop comparing herself to others. Instead, she reminded herself that she was smart, had great potential, and deserved to go to college just like anyone else. 

Maria’s#WeBelongInCollege Story

Despite feeling strong pressure to become the first in her family to attend college, Maria questioned whether she belonged. She wasn’t sure how she would be able to pay for college given her immigration status. It was when she saw that she wasn’t alone, and so many other undocumented students were also enrolling, that she knew she belonged in college.


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