Created by UAGC Junior Azra Muratovic
Do you remember the time you went to go visit a college?
The day you stepped off the bus and walked on college campus. Strolling through the college hallways and streets is a completely different feeling than looking at the school online.
At our school, the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (UAGC), a public high school in New York City, juniors have been devoting their time into researching colleges and have gained a passion for them but cannot determine if these schools would be the right fit for them.
At UAGC, our college counselor’s office is the only resource we have to explore and get an input on schools. 93% of our students live below the federal poverty level and many have parents who work multiple jobs in order to put money in places that are more of a necessity like rent and food. As well, over 90% of the students at Green Careers are first-generation college going students. Given that many students are first-generation, parents tend to lack knowledge about navigating and planning the application process. Johancarla, a member of UAGC's junior class is a first-generation American born student to immigrant parents who believe that education is their child's ticket out of poverty, is also hoping to be the first person in her family to go to college. Neither of her parents attended college, and her family has relied heavily upon the expertise of the school's staff to help them navigate the complicated application process.
The trip will take place in late April and we will be visiting New York State’s Capital Region. Over the course of two days, we plan to visit 4 different college campuses including public and private. These experiences will be crucial in finalizing our application plans, as visiting a college campus is often the best way to determine whether or not it is a good fit.
These students simply can’t afford a trip like this and it cannot happen without your help. We thank you in advance for your support in making our college decision.