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lisa-michael2High school Crusaders stepped up their postsecondary plans at our 2016 Prep for College Weekend on Oct 22+23. They got started with an all-day Getting to College Workshop at Woonsocket High School on Saturday, and then attended the 2016 Annual Regional College Fair at Rhode Island College on Sunday.

A highlight of the Saturday workshop was a visit from five Crusade alumni who are in their first year of college (pictured below with our College Advisors).

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In two different panel presentations, they shared their experiences and advice with high school Crusaders to help them prepare as much as possible for the challenges of the application process. Our alumni presenters were:

  • Yarisa Diaz ’16, Brandeis University
  • Rene Colato ’16, Boston University
  • Gabriela Pineda ’16, Rhode Island College
  • Cesar Reynoso ’16, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Daniel Pires ’16, University of Rhode Island

Here is some of the advice they shared:

  • When building your list of colleges to apply to, cast your net wide, and do your research early.
  • Use the College Board site to narrow down your list.
  • Find out which schools offer the major you might like to pursue and which schools will give you financial aid.
  • Keep your grades up, and don’t fall into the pit of senioritis.
  • Don’t be timid about asking your Crusade Advisor for help.
  • Get your FAFSA done soon.
  • Once you get onto campus, be assertive and confident and know you belong there.
  • Use all the campus resources available to you, such as study groups and tutors.
  • Always register for your college classes early because they get filled up.

Thanks to Cesar, Daniel, Gabriela, Rene, and Yarisa for giving their time to help other Crusaders! Thanks also to our College Advisors for coordinating the morning panels.

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Lots of workshops followed. We thank our high school Advisory staff, who led our students through productive sessions on the college search, resume building, mock applications, and financial aid. Special thanks are also due to the expert admissions professionals who came and gave valuable presentations to Crusaders: Patrick McNally, senior associate director of admissions at Boston University; Don Mays, director of the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University; and Pricilla Alicea, director of admissions for Bryant University.

Finally, thank you to Woonsocket High School for hosting our workshops this year!

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