Support for Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

Hello all!

As you are aware, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have all been recently affected by devastating hurricanes. This undoubtedly brought much emotional and financial burdens to millions of families.

One way that College Board is helping out is by offering fee waivers on SAT registrations for students affected by one of these recent hurricanes. Please click on the following link to see if you qualify for this support.

Support for Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

Source: College Board


“I See the Finish Line”

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share information about college with you! Just FYI, I currently work as a Student Success Coach at Broward College, a state college in South Florida. My job is to advise people who are coming to college for the first time through the admissions process and also help them pick classes for their first semester. Therefore, I help people “see the finish line” all the time, which is what I want to briefly discuss with you today.

To clearly see the finish line while you are attending college, you have to do things that keep you motivated. This includes aiming for a career that aligns with your interests and abilities and one that you are passionate for. I never recommend students to pursue a career only because it pays well. Rather, think about the following question that one of my colleagues always asks students that are still undecided. She asks them: “If you won the lottery tomorrow and money was never going to be a concern in your life again, what would you do for a living?” I love this question because it helps you dig into your likes and dislikes. It is critical that you select a career that makes you happy because you will be taking a lot of classes in this field while you are in college. If you do not like the classes that are related to the career you chose, then chances are you will perform poorly in them. This will ultimately discourage you and that will affect your overall academic progress. So bottom line, make sure you love the career you pick because this will keep you motivated and it will always help you keep your eyes set on the finish line.

Also, consider the career centers many colleges and universities have that help you narrow down career options. More often than not, these centers offer assessments that survey your likes/dislikes, talents, and strengths/weaknesses. The objective of these assessments is to help you narrow down your career search to those careers that align the most to your personality, talents, and interests. If you are not yet enrolled in a college or a university, feel free to check out the assessment the college I work for offers on its website by clicking on the link below.

Career Coach Assessment

To sum up, it is important that you select a career that you are passionate about so that you can enjoy the classes you take, be successful in them, stay motivated, and see the finish the line throughout your entire educational journey. If you are a current college student who is still struggling to determine the right career to pursue, you should check out your school’s career center so you can get advice on picking the right career for you. If you are not yet in college, it is never too early to start considering career options. This can help you save time and money when you get to college because you will have your career and major defined right off the bat. Also, feel free to take Broward College’s Career Coach Assessment to help you get started. But above all, ask the Holy Spirit, which guides us to all truth, to help you decide what career you should pursue. You will not be disappointed!

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, please post them on this blog and we will get back to you soon. I am confident that after “all your days” when you “prayed and prayed” you “can see the finish line.” God Bless You!


Harold Garcia

Paying tuition

There is no reason that any student should pay full tuition for college. It just takes time and work to find different ways to pay. Scholarships aren’t just for the 4.0 GPA students, the athletes or the artist. The truth is: there are scholarships out there for everyone.

Service clubs, companies, and charities give out about $2 billion in private scholarships each year. Roughly 1 million students receive this support – meaning 1 out of 13 students wins a scholarship. The average of these scholarships is $2,000. So are you ready to start looking?

The following is a list of scholarships with corresponding links you can research and have an idea of what is out there:

Minority Scholarships. These scholarships are typically reserved for students from financially unprivileged backgrounds and ethnicities.

Employee Scholarships. Many employers, whether yours or your parents, offer scholarships to students just because of the relationship that exists between the two.

Wacky Scholarships. There are scholarships out there that are wacky enough for any student. Just type “wacky scholarships” into a search engine to find more.

School Year Scholarships. Whether you’re college or graduate school, there are scholarships available to students within every school year. Find your school year and apply today!

Scholarships by Personality Type. Did you know you can find scholarships to suit just about any personality trait or interest? Find scholarships that suit who you are, as a student, today.

Situational Scholarships. You can find scholarships to suit just about any situation within, they offer students from all walks of life the opportunity to fund their education.

This information was gathered from


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– AM

DREAMer’s Roadmap

Below you will find the link to the DREAMer’s Roadmap page. They help undocumented students find scholarship opportunities through a mobile app. 

Why DREAMer’s Roadmap?

For years undocumented students have struggled more than permanent residents or citizen students in everyday situations. But when senior year of high school comes around it becomes one of the hardest year for an undocumented student. This is the year when most students find out that they don’t qualify for FAFSA and the majority of scholarships. First because they don’t have a social security number and second because they are not “legal” permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Many students by this point are discouraged and don’t believe that going to college is a possibility. That is why we they very proud to provide the Dreamers Roadmap App for students across the country. Their tool will equip DREAMers to realize their full potential and path to college.

 (this information is directly from their website, please follow the link below)


– AM


Colleges accept the ACT and SAT equivalently. Now, picking the test where you’ll perform the best in, is critical to your admission chances.

Here’s what you need to know to compare the exams:

Why Take It Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships. Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Test Structure
  • Reading
  • Writing & Language
  • Math
  • Essay (Optional)
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)

  • 3 hours (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
  • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
  • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
Reading 5 reading passages 4 reading passages
Science None 1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Math Covers:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
Calculator Policy Some math questions don’t allow you to use a calculator. You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Essays Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text. Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.
How It’s Scored Scored on a scale of 400–1600 Scored on a scale of 1–36


Graph taken from where you can also try a free practice test for each and see how you score!


Below is a chart of the upcoming test dates & deadlines.

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines
ACT Test Date Registration Deadline ACT Scores Available
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 Jun. 20, 2017
SAT Test Dates & Deadlines
SAT Test Date Registration Deadline SAT Scores Available
May 6, 2017 Apr. 7, 2017 Jun. 8, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9. 2017 Jul. 12, 2017

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– AM