I'm a graduate of Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. I will be attending Howard University in the fall.
In my efforts to fully understand my financial aid, I visited the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center. When visiting the Center, I felt so much support from the time I walked in until I left. The assistance I received in understanding my financial aid was tremendously helpful. The counselor looked at what potential debt I would incur if I accepted certain parts of my financial aid, and discussed strategies that would leave me with little to no debt. With her advice I was able find more funding options for my college expenses. Overall my experience was not only helpful, it was inspiring. I was truly able to recognize that the people at the Center wanted to make a difference by bridging the gap from high school to college.
To conclude I would encourage students to take risks. Never be afraid to go after what you want. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and will be valuable to you through the good and bad times. Fredrick Douglas once said "if there is no struggle, there is no progress."