ABOUT ME: My parents did not attend college the traditional route. This made it challenging for me to comprehend the steps needed to do so myself, so I joined the Army, went to college after I got out and then I reinvented myself through Troops-to-Teachers. After noting a similar dilemma with many of my students, I invested a love in AVID, ESL and Literature. My determination to help students prepare for college over the past twenty years has resulted in A to Z collaboration. Please use the hard work of myself and my previous students to take responsibility for your future, to make college easy…

If you want to go to college you must take responsibility for your future, today. College is not your parent’s responsibility, it is yours, so let’s get started.

I.  Life Lesson One

  1. Just because you read it on the Internet does not make the information true. College is not for everyone or college would be free, easy to enroll in, and all of the paperwork you are required to submit would not be a necessity.
  2. I promise to provide you easy steps and templates to help you build a high school college portfolio. All of the examples included on my webpage are student samples from previous students. In other words, use this college-search site as a starting point. I do not guarantee you entry or enrollment. Do not depend on me to teach you, but I will happily guide you, and mentor you from afar.

II. Life Lesson Two

  1. You need a one inch note book with 21 plastic sleeves or insert pages.
  2. You must research colleges, expected financial expenses and request support documents from others. You must know your family’s allotted college budget for you.
  3. Do not judge a college by its website. Many colleges provide the same information; faculty and student Web pages, detailed information about majors and programs, and even virtual campus tours. Bedazzled websites do not share valuable college information. There is one exception to this rule – students seeking a web design degree in a high-tech major. A tech savvy website indicates a greater commitment to keeping up with the latest technology.

III. Life Lesson Three

  1. You must become a degree detective as soon as possible. Your freshman year counts and all electives taken should steer you towards this career goal, as well as high school graduation requirements. You must research; degree requirements, activities, application requirements, security, and financial expenses. Begin by reading:
        1.  Faculty home pages—some post detailed syllabuses of their classes.
        2.  Department home pages—get information about majors from the people who teach them.
        3.  Student organizations—research the clubs and school teams, and include resolutions passed by the Student Senate.
  2. Note exact location of the campus and if transportation is plentiful and accessible.
  3. Always know and use the exact name of the degree you desire. Degrees are not titled the same at each university, and you do not want to embarrass yourself referring to your desired degree by the wrong name. How many credits are required for degree completion?
  4. What tests scores are required for acceptance? What test is required (ACT vs. SAT)?
  5. Does this university accept CLEP and/or AP credits?
  6. What is the cost per semester? What are the costs for room (dorm) and meal plans?
  7. What is the deadline for early enrollment?