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Applying to College | #WeBelongInCollege Stories

Last updated June 24, 2024

Unfortunately, many students find themselves navigating college applications on their own. Watch these #WeBelongInCollege stories to learn how these students presisted through the college application process.

Stanley's #WeBelongInCollege Story

Stanley and his family struggled financially to afford college. Because of this, Stanley began to doubt himself. He began to seek other methods of affording college, made more connections, found scholarships, and made more progress towards college.

Teshane’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Teshane started to question whether she belonged in college when she started applying for colleges her senior year of high school. Teshane, a first-generation student, struggled filling out the FAFSA and didn’t know how she would apply and make it to college on her own. In the end, Teshane persevered thanks to her guidance counselor’s help and her passion to pursue a career as a legal defense attorney.

Alex’s #WeBelongInCollege Story  

As a first-generation college student, Alex had to figure out a lot of things on her own, including how to pay for college. She made the most out of quarantine by taking advantage of the extra time to apply for as many scholarships as she can.

Jackie’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

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

Camila’s #WeBelongInCollege Story  

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

Daniela’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Daniela, who is a first-generation college student, speaks on the adversity she faced while filling out the FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and applying to college. Listen to her story as she recounts how her support system helped her get through these hardships.

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 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 graduating college while working and raising four kids.

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Thalia’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

When things got tough during the college application 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 and be able to help them when it's time.

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. While each step in the application process was overwhelming, the feeling of pride after surmounting the many hurdles she faced helped her 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 application process. Her sister was accepted at her dream school, but then couldn’t afford to enroll there.

Heide’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

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