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College prep begins in high school

Many college bound seniors have already begun to dream about, plan and organize their next year of academic achievements. That process is the beginning of a new journey and possibly a career. One of the primary ways that colleges assess students learning capabilities is through the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Students preparing to enter college are required to take the SAT or ACT before they can apply to the college of their choice. In assisting students in prepping for tests, vice principal Jon Endicott will lend his knowledge of college planning to students. For those interested in the exam, there will be a workshop on Oct. 12, in building 6 at 9:00 a.m.

“I think SATs are important for two reasons: first to get accepted, and second for scholarships,” Endicott said. “A higher score helps out in both of those areas. Students should take practice tests and be aware of types of questions that will be on the test, but the best preparation comes from just doing homework.”

Students are faced with many new trials such as the shocking expenses of filling out applications, finding a place to live and, most of all, contemplating the cost. It can be the most frightening aspect for young adult students.

There are a lot of opportunities for students to get financial help towards college. Cal Grant is one of the scholarship programs. Cal Grant’s website, www.csac.ca.gov, will assist students in offsetting many college expenses. Students that meet the qualifications will be able to receive aid for a private or public college in California.

“The Cal Grant opens doors and provides opportunities I wouldn’t have other wise,” C.J. Haydock, ’03, said. “It prevents me from having to going into debt and having to pay student loans for the rest of my life.”

There are many websites where students can apply to get aid for college finances such as www.fastweb.com. This offers a place where students can fill in their high school records and academic interests and experts will link them with a college that coincides with their desires.

“Fast web is very convenient because it matches scholarships to your personal abilities and interests,” Carli Albrechtson, ’03, said. “Students should use it because it is very helpful in your search for scholarships.”

If students are interested in receiving college advice, they may contact Endicott, who is willing to meet with students individually to help them plan for college.

For additional information students are invited to attend a college information night on Oct. 12 in the Jackie Johnson Hospitality Room at 9 a.m. Joseph Haydock, of Ivy West, will conduct the workshop. The next SAT test day is scheduled for Nov. 2. Students can still register for the Dec. 7 SAT test date by going online to www.collegeboard.com.

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