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HOW TO GET INTO COLLEGE

My School Counselor is Great but I am looking for Additional Support Photo by Amanda Cheromiah

One thing to know is that admissions officers and representatives are not the only resource that you can turn to for assistance. By finding a person you are comfortable talking to about college applications, the easier your conversations may be. Some students may work at the Native student center or support services at potential colleges. People in this office can answer questions specific to your needs as well as connect you with the right people. Talking to someone who looks like you and who may be from your community can be less intimidating as well! Some of our ideas on how to get connected are below:

Who besides the admission officer is available? Peer-to-peer or friends – Connect with fellow student leaders to see what they are prioritizing to get into college. Go to college prep events with your friends and hold each other accountable by keeping each other on track with the college process. Consider signing up for housing together if you plan to room together at the same college. Current students or college alumni/ professionals – They have survived the process, so take advantage of their expertise. The admissions office can connect you with current Native students during your campus visit. Ask professionals and college alumni about their college experience and what advice they can give you. 14 

Parents/guardians and teachers – Ask your parents or teachers to help you apply and prepare for college. Teachers can make sure you are on track in the classroom as well as provide advice about college. Parents can help navigate financial aid so they understand their role in paying for college. Local organizations and programs – Upward Bound, JumpStart, and the Boys & Girls Club have great mentors to help you. They are able and willing to give you extra help that your high school may not offer. Find them online or in your community. Tribal education offices – Tribal education offices may have funding, but also staff can connect you with colleges or answer questions you have about the college process. Staff also work directly with colleges and can connect you with a person at the college.

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My School Counselor is Great, but I am Looking for Additional Support  

Learn from others to successfully navigate college admissions. Keywords - Native American, American Indian, Native, students, college, unive...

My School Counselor is Great, but I am Looking for Additional Support  

Learn from others to successfully navigate college admissions. Keywords - Native American, American Indian, Native, students, college, unive...