Opportunity Scholars Blog

Posted by on December 7, 2009

Blogging the path to college

A new blog started by the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity chronicles 10 students nationwide during their first year in college, writes The Wellesley Townsman. These freshmen share a common bond: They are first in their families to go to college. The blog officially launched at the beginning of the month and the goal is to have first-generation college freshmen give hope and advice to high school students who think college is not a possibility for them. “Everyone needs to know that everything is within reach,” said blogger Nguyen-Ngo, 18, at Babson College in Massachusetts. “People get bogged down by SAT scores or GPAs, but they don’t understand that looking beyond that, they have so much potential as well.” Since middle-class kids are often exposed to the college process from their parents and their families, it’s the first-generation students that need extra guidance and encouragement. More than 400 students across the country applied to participate in the blog, which also provides a $1,000 scholarship renewable for all four years of college. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone that was going to college,” said Jesse Sanchez, a blogger who goes to Harvard. “I always thought it was impossible.”

See the blog: http://csopportunityscholars.org

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