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Advice to High School Seniors from a CollegeSpring Alumna

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We asked CollegeSpring alumni from our first academic-year programs–who are starting college this fall–to pass on words of wisdom and advice to the seniors at their high schools who are just beginning the college application process. Here is the response we received from Arianna Salinas, currently a first-year student at the University of California, Riverside.

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Starting College

The most exciting thing about starting college is the independence. You no longer have teachers and parents telling you what you should and should not be doing. The independence that you gain as a college student will carry on with you for the rest of your life. You can tell that this is true within the first few days as a college student.

The Summer Before

This summer was definitely a mix of emotions. At some points of the summer I was super pumped and excited that I was moving out and that I would live under my own rules. At other times however, I felt nervous because I was going to be on my own and would have to fend for myself. At one point in the summer I also felt stressed. During your senior year you apply to colleges, get admitted into a few, and then eventually pick a school to attend. You think the hard part is over right? WRONG! You have to think about financial aid, class registration, and moving out. It is a pretty stressing time.

Tips for Senior Year

Research. In order to be content and eligible for schools that you like you must do your research. Do not apply to a school because of the name, apply to a school because you are interested in what the school can offer you. As for financial aid, be sure to fill out that FAFSA to the best of your ability and have your financial aid advisor on speed dial!

Words of Encouragement

Have fun your senior year; enjoy it and treasure each second of it. Just be sure to stay on top of your game when it comes to your grades because once senioritis gets to you it is hard to bounce back. Trust me, I know. Wish you all the best in your senior year!

Best of luck to our recent grads and to the CollegeSpring graduating class of 2014!