Anticipation met with excitement or disappointment, bringing tears of joy or sadness, nevertheless we continued on. We have finally received our college decision letters along with their respective financial aid packages.
During our first meeting of April, we had the opportunity to meet with guest speakers Carlos Bonilla, Product Development Manager, INTV Intellivision Entertainment, Video Game and Consumer Product Development Curriculum for Class of 2023, and Caecilia Gotama, Founder and CEO, BRDG Bridge to Connect social non-profit organization that provides a bridge program for first generation STEM college students. Carlos had a great story to share about his underdog success story in which he beat the odds and came back to give back to those in need. To ensure our prosperity in college, we had Caecilia Gotama talk to us on how to network and build our soft-skills by joining extracurriculars. However, before we can do well in college, we must first choose one.
A major factor for many of us scholars is the cost of attendance for college. AISS planned a special presentation for us during Spring Break. Seth Brecher and Jake Duval from the Edmit team walked us through how to use their website to compare our financial aid packages.
As the S.I.R. the deadline stands at the dawn of May. We were given an idea of what to expect at college from guest speakers Marcos Ortega, Biochemistry Professor, and Tatiana Pedroza, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs from the CSU Fullerton College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. They covered some important aspects in order to succeed like attending our professors’ office hours to not only get our questions answered, but also get to know our professors. They really emphasized utilizing the resources given to us and to seek out opportunities rather than waiting for them to come to us. To clear things up, we scholars were able to ask our burning questions at the College Implementation Plan Panel (Ryan West, Rafael Ramirez, Peter Dillon, Ruth Beltran) about their college experiences. They all talked about their majors, which school they went to as well as why they chose those schools. This information was especially useful in helping us take into account the different characteristics of each college. All that's left is making the very important decision which college we will attend.
Though this senior year has not been what most of us hoped for, we made the most of it. What others saw as a setback, we saw opportunity, whether it be to work to better ourselves or just help out the family. There may be even more uncertainties yet to come, but tough times breed strong people and after this year, we might as well consider ourselves superheroes.