While college is acknowledged by some people as a heavenly tunnel towards their preferred career, other people prefer a darker perspective and here’s why:
A year-long study conducted by National College Health Assessment on 17,000 students concluded that 25 percent of college students developed depression. One of the main reasons for college student depression is debt.
Debt, the antagonist on a college student’s journey to success. A conquerable monster that we must prepare to battle. An ugly beast most have challenged but about 44 million people have not defeated. A leviathan that has grown to 1.4 trillion dollars. How do I prepare for my gruesome war against debt? You might ask. In our high school, the elders who know the answer to avoiding this monster are our counselors: Ms. Armendariz, Ms. Park, Mr. Encina and Ms. Tirado.
Our counselors know this monster well and are prepared to recommend blacksmiths of prestigious ranking to help us in our journey. To learn of these blacksmiths (better known as scholarship opportunities, grants and financial aid) all we must do is ask to set up meetings with our designated counselor. Counselors are here to help us, this doesn’t mean they will fight the monster for us, it only means they will guide us towards scholarship opportunities, grants and financial aid applications which could give us just the right sword to defeat said monster.
“It’s better for the government to pay off college” says Armendariz “it’s expensive, money shouldn’t be the issue.”
“Students don’t take advantage of free money, if you want something, work for it” says Armendariz. She provides financial and test tips for students looking to enter college:
- Keep in mind that applications for financial aid will begin on October first and that FAFSA night (a night dedicated to FAFSA application) is on a date that is to be determined but should be around October first (Opportunity for a diamond sword)
- Students are given two waivers for college tests, one for the ACT and one for the SAT. Armendariz recommends students take advantage of waivers
- There are two websites for preparing for the ACT and SAT https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-online-prep.html (ACT) and https://www.khanacademy.org/ (SAT)
- Keep an eye on what GPA, ACT and SAT score your preferred college recommends
- Get informed and do not be afraid to ask questions. Teachers and staff are here to help you. Armendariz has seen an “improvement in seniors” from last year to this year. She believes “students are more interested in college”
- Get involved and better your relationships with people in your school community as well as the Chaparral community. Our counselors believe “it all starts with asking about organizations and getting more knowledgeable on how you can help your community.”
Even knowing these tips students will still find there is lots more you should know about when considering college. Remember to schedule appointments with your counselor (elder); they can help you reach your goals and defeat debt and other monsters you might find hidden on your journey to success.