On Senior College Night, the Class of 2016 learned college application tactics that will help them prepare for their future. The San Marcos seniors were visited by college faculty members from Westmont, Santa Barbara City College, California State University Channel Islands, the University of Santa Barbara and members of the Scholarship Foundation, to inform students how to apply to colleges, get scholarships, get a letter of recommendation and get financial aid.
“College Night was important because we were given tips on how to successfully complete personal statements, correctly apply and send our information to the colleges,” said senior Alania Salazar. “I learned about what will stand out among the thousands of other college applicants and what will make colleges want us in their school.” Being active in school and outside of school is what will make students stand out compared to other applicants, this means volunteering, sports and clubs.
“Senior college night is helpful because it informs first generation students and their parents about the college process,” said senior Cindy Gonzalez. “It informs them about the different ways that they can make college affordable for those who are less privileged financially.”
Students were given information on how to apply for colleges, get a letter of recommendation and get financial aid.
For further information there are workshops available to help seniors fill out FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications. The workshop days are from 10am-4pm on January 16 at La Cumbre Jr. High, January 23 at La Colina Jr. High, January 30 at Carpinteria High School and February 6 at Santa Barbara High School. Students should take advantage of these workshops, so that they are well prepared for their college future.