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Paying for college: Scholarship winner shares tough road

By Mariela Dabbah

Few things are harder than contradicting your parents and more so when you have nobody else to show you the way. For Eduardo Solorio, the 19 year-old freshman at University of California Irvine, winner of the 2013 $15,000 Haz La U educational grant offered by Colgate-Palmolive, standing up to his parents’ lack of vision for him was the only way out of the fields.

Born to Mexican parents who dissed education as a waste of time, Eduardo was always compared to his older brother, Alejandro, who was good with his hands and could work the land just like everyone the siblings knew. “I was always looking for my parents approval,” says Eduardo, “I wanted education to be my thing. But my parents are illiterate and they didn’t understand how important education was. So in eighth grade I realized I had to excel academically for myself. I decided I wanted to become a teacher to inspire other Latinos to fulfill their dreams. I want for them to know that even when they don’t have the money to pay for college, there is money out there. I want to change things for my little brother’s generation.”  >> more
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Daniel Alberto Perez | student blogger
Surviving Graduate School I thought balancing undergraduate school, work, family, and social life was difficult, but graduate school definitely takes the cake. Classes at the University of Minnesota graduate school began in early September and it has been the ride of my life thus far.
   

Martha Escobar | student blogger
Avoiding Burnout All throughout college I was able to maintain a job along with good grades, but then you add an internship in there mixed with time-consuming homework assignments, put them in a blender and you’ve got yourself one burnout coming right up!
   

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Maira Mercado | scholarship winner
Thoughts on Being a Commuter I had a great experience at Claremont McKenna College as a commuter, and although I did not particularly live close to my school, I still found ways to stay involved. It was quite difficult being a commuter at my college because it has a small, tight-knit community, but I still tried to meet as many people as I could through my classes and extracurricular activities.
   

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College Planning Navigator
National College Resources Foundation The NCRF has created a program to help families navigate to college. "This program includes background on colleges, available scholarships and career and internship resources." Click on the link provided to map your future to success.
   

10 Tips for College Freshmen
"Adjusting to college life can be difficult for students transitioning from high school..." This article provided by U.S. News presents 10 important tips for incoming freshman to survive college. For example: Maintain a college budget, less is more when packing for college and get along with roommates. For the full article visit the link.
   
 

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