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College Town Sends Off Class of 2021!

As the school year comes to a close, juniors in College Town are getting ready to move into their senior year, take another step toward achieving their dreams, and enter into College Apps Academy. In addition to missing their friends, they will miss tutors, staff, dinners, and the overall College Town environment. We asked them to share with us what they have learned, what they will remember, and what advice they would give those coming up behind them in College Town. 

What has College Town taught you? 

Students have learned a lot in their years at College Town. Here’s a snapshot of a few things students will take with them:

  • College town has taught me a lot about colleges and the different colleges there are and also how much they cost, college town has also taught me how to speak in front of a group of people.
  • College town has taught me so much that I don’t think I could possibly list all of them out, but basically has taught me a lot about colleges and what they look for in a student and all the things you need to get into your college of choice, etc. College town has taught me a lot of skills, not only skills that I will need and use in college but also skills I will need for the rest of my life.
  • Academic support only comes if you look for it.
  • What a resume is, how to send an email, set up a voicemail. Also, doing speeches, hot words (the writing), and overall speaking in front of others. 
  • Leadership skills, public speaking, trusting myself.
  • To believe that I am able to go to college and that you should always try your hardest.
  • A LOT about different colleges, history, SELF CARE!! 
  • It’s taught me about the resources that are available to me that I would have never known about without them. I also learned that it is never too early to start building myself and college application
  • College Town has given me a lot of knowledge and I think the most notable lesson was the time management one.
  • College Town has taught me about me a lot about college requirements and how to be resilient as well. 
  • College town has taught me to take advantage of the many opportunities that are out there, to be a risk taker, to put myself more out there more
  • It has taught me college knowledge, strategies for public speaking, and ways to approach my academic/personal journey. 
  • During my three years in college town I’ve learned more than I can remember off the top of my head. That being said, I’ve learned many presentation and speaking skills, crucial information pertaining to the application process of colleges, and what it means to be professional in any setting.

What is your favorite memory from your time in College Town?

Many students mentioned they enjoyed getting help on their homework, having fun at program, and the different activities they did with friends. Here are a few more standout moments: 

  • My favorite memory from my time in College Town would probably be all the hangout events we had over break such as thanksgiving and the end of the school year. If it wasn’t for those types of events I wouldn’t have met my best friends.
  • There’ve been a lot of fun and memorable times, but one that sticks out for me was when RC was still on the third floor and it was during the Christmas season, so Jose got all dressed up and read us a book. I remember it being really funny and interesting to watch.
  • Jose having to present on a topic he knew nothing about for Hot Words. 
  • My favorite memory was probably every thursday night, when closing out and LEADERSHIP would just let all of our energy out by rooting for one another.
  • When an alumni published a book and I got a signed copy from him.
  • My favorite memory would be being able to talk with the tutors and achievement coaches and also being able to make new friends.
  • My favorite memories are the little competitions we used to have like who knows the most colleges, the left side or right side, or those improv games, etc. because they were engaging and fun to do together. 
  • My favorite memory of College Town dates back to my freshman year, where the achievement coaches and RC students participated in a funny game of Chubby Bunny.

What words of wisdom, advice, or encouragement do you want to leave for the 8th, 9th, and 10th graders?

This past year juniors have taken the lead in creating a college-going culture in College Town. Here’s what they have to say to those coming up behind them:

  • Every opportunity is a blessing, treat it like one. Cherish everything you have, for you’ll never know when you lose it. Life and school will get tough but don’t forget to pace yourself and take one step at a time. 
  • Don’t miss a day of program, you’ll regret it and go to camp!
  • Just try to enjoy high school and the time you have because the time really flew by. I remember when I was a freshman thinking that senior year was ages away and now here I am months away from applying to colleges and graduating high school. So have fun, but also work hard.
  • Listen and participate in all activities, you’ll find them fun if you have a good attitude. 
  • Take advantage of the time given during study time because you can get easily distracted or distract someone else.
  • Listen to the achievement coaches.
  • No matter how hard challenges can be, just push through it because there is always light at the other end of that tunnel. 
  • Take AP classes that you know you can handle.
  • Don’t ever say you don’t want to do things such as speech night, Academic connection, community service, or job shadow, because you may never know that may be the best time of your life.
  • Everyone is a friend and super trustworthy! They are mentors that truly understand.
  • Do your best & don’t be afraid to ask staff for help
  • Don’t worry too much about being the perfect student. Colleges don’t want perfect, they want someone who has shown growth throughout their years of high school. 
  • Don’t procrastinate and try not to worry/complain about the little things! Times go by fast and your opportunities to make your words into actions will fly by. Seize the day!
  • Look out for your future self.
  • Enjoy high school and have fun, but also remember that the effort you are putting in right now into your education will determine the path you will take later on in the future. Also, take as many opportunities you are being given and take advantage of them.
  • Have fun and actually take notes when they’re presenting information, it’s useful. Your time in College Town will fly by so really appreciate it. 

We wish the Class of 2021 all the best as they continue to take on the world, reach for the stars, and become change-makers in their communities. We are so grateful for the time you spent as a part of the College Town family–you will always have a home with us. Remember: Tough times never last, but tough people always do!

Katie Craig

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