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Hispanic College Night at Forest Hills
“To be or not to be?” “To go to college or not to go?” That is the question high school students will never stop asking as they study and approach graduation. It really becomes a big dilemma for many students as well as their parents who want to know, “How can I help my child?”
Hispanic students and their parents were able to receive answers to many questions during a presentation conducted by Mrs. Donna Weaver, Spanish Services Coordinator, and the Latino Outreach Program on November 8, 2012 in the Media Center at Forest Hills.
If you have not decided what you are going to do for the rest of your life, that is okay. You may still have time. However, if you are already sure, you need to know how to plan, apply and pay for college or university, how to get financial aid, minimum admission requirements, and how to be prepared academically.
Forest Hills Hispanic students learned how a college education can be a great investment in their future and that higher education can significantly improve the quality of life by exposing to new people, ideas, interests, skills, activities, and career opportunities. “The Hispanic College Night was very informative,” says Forest Hills senior Cynthia Munoz. “I learned about opportunities that we have and the ways that can help pay for college. My counselors were, and still are, very helpful and supportive. They are there to guide me through the application process and meet with me to discuss my future plans,” she adds.
“There is help available,” comments Gustavo Orevalo, a Latino Outreach Coordinator, in one of his conversations with students’ parents. “You just need to find information and resources to guide you through.” More than $150 billion is available in federal aid for students who qualify. Mrs. Weaver provided all necessary information about Federal Student Aid for 2012-2013, explained who can apply, and described the steps of how to apply.
“I thought that College Night was very helpful because it explained to me and my family what we need to know about applying for colleges and how to sign up for college funds. It showed me how going to college would change my life and prepare me for the future. I plan on going to a 4-year nursing school,” shares Selene Flores-Cortez, a junior.
Indeed, the world in which we live is constantly changing. Career options will be changing, too. The next 20 years will bring many changes as well. Learning about career choices can help our students set their goals. “School administration, counselors, and teachers work hard to provide support to our students because we know what we do today will impact students tomorrow,” says Forest Hills Assistant Principal Mrs. Tracy Strickland. That means every English assignment, math problem, and science project is opening up more opportunities for our students. Working hard in courses is the answer, and it is essential for the future!
Written by: Iryna Covarrubias
Posted: Nov 26, 2012 by Melissa Howell