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Once in a while I stop writing about "all things travel" and help promote education. Why, you might ask...well, I grew up in a home with both parents being professors. My father, now retired, taught Calculus/Statistics and my mother currently teaches Education Leadership and Development.
At home our parents always made sure to help us out when it was homework time...although I remember when I was very little how much I did. not. like. that. but as an adult I'm thankful my parents made themselves available for me to be successful in school.
But one thing my parents always did with my brother and I was to ask us, "what college/university are you going to when you graduate?" they did that purposely so we didn't have to feel the pressure to study a specific topic, instead its intentions was for us to look forward to college and to always strive to be bigger and better.
Once I started my senior year of high school, I already had my list of schools to apply to, which I ended up applying to 8 and got into all of them. I'm glad I listened to my mom in regards to applying every and any school I'd like because my school counselor unfortunately was not supportive at all for me to apply for better credited schools such as University of Illinois - of which I ended up applying to and got accepted into the school.
Trust me. That question that my parents question didn't end after I graduated from University of Illinois, they asked me that question again for graduate school and now for my PhD (yes they are over achievers!)
One thing I wish I would've been better at was applying for scholarships and hence why when I become a parent I will use the "tactics" my parents used on me and on top of that leverage Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help pay for my child's education.
Parents play a critical role in helping their children navigate the college application process and access the resources and support needed to excel in college and beyond. The new PSAs focus on parents, encouraging them to visit HSF.net to find information they need to guide their children through the application and enrollment process—and also to ensure that they have the financial resources needed to graduate.
Did you know that Hispanics account for 19% of all college students, ages 18-24? That’s a major increase, up from 12% in 2008. What’s more, 69% of Hispanic graduates are now going directly to college after graduating high school, a rate that is higher than that of the general population.
But the surge in Hispanic college-bound students presents a greater need for more information about college and financial support. As all parents that have college bound students can attest, navigating the application process can be daunting.
As you learned through my personal story, parents are the support system that kids need to get to and through college, but parents need support and encouragement too. So parents, check out http://hsf.net/en/resources/parents/ to learn how HSF can support you throughout your child's