It was standing room only as parents attended Generation 1st Degree partner’s, the Be A Leader Foundation, College 101 Parent Workshop at El Rancho High School during the first week of fall.
Parents took notes and listened attentively as our Be A Leader Project Manager, Alma Renteria, walked them through what it takes to get into California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), and private schools across the country.
She discussed the grade point average (GPA) range that each student should aim for and stressed the importance of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their sophomore and junior years. She also went into depth on the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. While the SAT Subject Tests are not required, she highly recommended that students take subject tests that relate to a major they’ll be focused on in college.
“Regardless of which one they’re writing, I encourage you to ask your kids questions about their personal statements. Ask them to read it out loud to you and encourage them to give more details,” she emphasized.
Ms. Renteria reminded parents that the College and Career Center is an important resource on campus. There, they can answer questions about financial aid and provide additional resources, such as help with fees for taking the SAT & SAT Subject Tests. “Don’t make money an excuse, there are fee waivers that can be used to pay for these tests,” she said.
Frances Aparicio, whose daughter is a senior and participates in Generation 1st Degree’s Be A Leader and College Blueprint programs, is grateful for workshops like this one.
“These programs have exposed my daughter to many different colleges. She now knows what to be asking for, what majors to look into and what schools to consider. Having these resources is tremendously helpful,” added Ms. Aparicio.
Briseis Pipkins, also a senior at ERHS, attended the workshop with her grandmother.
“Before being part of Be A Leader, I was really lost and didn’t know what colleges I wanted to get into or what I wanted to major in. I’ve gotten so much information. It’s very exciting and I’m very confident in applying to schools now,” said Briseis.