This year, College Visions guided 81 low-income, first-generation 12th graders through the college admissions process. After all the hard work, and thanks to the support of friends like you, acceptance letters have arrived! 100% of our students received an acceptance (Is his true? Double check with Raul), and they’ve been admitted to a long list of schools including Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, Community College of Rhode Island, Dickinson, Guilford, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester, Mount Holyoke, Muhlenberg, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island. Students are visiting colleges, weighing financial aid awards, and getting ready to make a choice by May 1.
Garty describes himself as “shy,” but if you met him you might disagree. On the many afternoons that he spends at College Visions, Garty always makes sure to stop and say hi to everyone in the office.
Like each of the 81 College Visions 12th graders Garty came to us with big dreams and big fears. He knew he wanted to go to college, but he remembers, “I didn’t know how to start. I didn’t know anything about the Common App or about financial aid.”
Garty attends Central High School. His main interests are science and art. He has been interested in animals since the 7th grade and plans to study zoology in college. He works hard on his paintings, sculptures, and drawings, with help from our partner organization, New Urban Arts. Garty also keeps busy working at a movie theatre and writing a novel in his spare time.
When he came for his application interview, he says, “I was scared, and I walked around the building a bunch of times. I don’t go a lot of places in Providence and I felt nervous.” But, when he got to the office he met College Visions advisor Emily, and “I made some jokes and she laughed. She wasn’t someone who would just treat me like a kid,” so Garty decided to stick with College Visions.
Thanks to our friends and supporters, College Visions has been there for Garty throughout 12th grade, even though “I didn’t realize how much work it would be to apply to college. Now, I’m glad that my advisor made me do everything. And they taught me stuff like how to talk on the phone and how to do financial aid forms. My mom really likes College Visions too because of the help with fee waivers.”
You will be happy to know that Garty worked hard all year, and he has earned acceptances to several colleges including the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and Canisius College! He is waiting to compare all of his financial aid packages before he makes a final decision, but he knows that next September he will be a college student!
And College Visions support doesn’t stop with college acceptances. After high school graduation, Garty will become part of the College Visions College Success Program, and we will continue to support him all the way to college graduation!