Getting into college takes a lot of work and support, but plenty of students have done it before. We asked five current students to share their experiences throughout the application process as well as information they wish they knew before starting it.
The perfect path doesn’t always unfold right in front of you. Sometimes you have to work for it, or cut your own way through the brush. Tarren did just that. As a former world-class fencer, he knew that the key to victory was making the most of every opportunity.
In high school, Tarren Villaverde worked hard to succeed in whatever area he applied himself. He was a junior Olympian in fencing, a Big Brother, and the captain of his wrestling team. He participated in National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society.
When it came time to apply for colleges, he sought the advice of his father and his school counselor. His counselor helped him with his application, and told him, “Keep your goals realistic.” Deciding where to go was a stressful process, but Tarren decided on Santa Clara University. He thought that was the path he was supposed to take.
But after considering his financial options, he transferred to the University of Arizona to take advantage of the lower cost of in-state tuition. While he had a lot of friends at Santa Clara, including some from high school, it made sense financially to change schools. He was even awarded merit-based scholarships at the University of Arizona.
Now Tarren spends his time competing on the intercollegiate wrestling club that he started, working as a legal assistant at a law firm, holding leadership positions in his fraternity, and preparing for the LSAT and law school. As his current schedule suggests, he’s busy making the most of the opportunities at hand and making his own path toward success.
When asked what advice he had for his past self regarding the college application process, he said, “Be more open-minded. Don’t be concerned with the name of the school. Consider all your options and keep them all on the table.”
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