Saturday, July 31, 2010

College Admissions Advice

SJP '10 students Maria Paredes, Franklin Lee and Alfonso Toro gather in the common room.
By Alfonso Toro Jr. (Bell Gardens, CA)

In the midst of all confusion, frustration, curiosity, and wonder about the whole college application process, which is the group on which you can always depend on? The Princeton Summer Journalism Program!

One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that you have someone there to comfort and answer some of the hundreds of questions one may have.

At SJP, each participant is put into newspaper teams that are categorized as The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and my own, The New York Times. Every student can easily relate to each other’s experiences since all of the students are all going through the same college application process and search. When I first found out about this program, the three facts that intrigued me the most were first, that it was about journalism. Second, that it was held at my dream university and third, it was all expense-paid! There is no better combination or deal that I can imagine.

The program is scheduled for ten days, but the beauty about it all, as I was informed today, is the fact that the counselors actually stay and help you out throughout the whole college admissions process. It's barely day two and it passed in a flash, I just cannot wait to see what exciting new things we are going to learn next. SJP is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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