Tips for First-Gen College Students: My journey choosing a college

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What do you do after you’ve found a major? I recommend reflecting on your future plans and finding a college that can best support your journey and goals. Luckily, two fellow Ready WA storytellers have an...


What type of college is right for you?

Izzy Rampersad and Olivia Schaer are seniors in Seattle Public Schools, and both are 2023-24 Ready WA Storytellers. In the depths of the college application process, both students experienced uncertainty about how to choose a...


Get free money: know your financial aid applications

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By James Larson Financial aid is an imperative part of higher education, but I think it remains one of the most overlooked and overhyped elements in the minds of high schoolers. Financial information is hard...


Tips for first-gen college students: exploring majors

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By Hannah Phanitchob As a first-generation college student, it can sometimes feel like you are miles behind your peers. Maybe some of your friends already know what they’re going to study and where they want...


Tool: Family Conversations about the Future

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This tool provides guidance for families to have conversations about students' plans after high school. It was co-created with a small group of parents and students representing various ethnicities and languages. The tool is available...


College freshmen tips for high school seniors

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By Arianna Caiceros As an incoming first-year college student, I didn’t have anyone actively in college to rely on for advice or to soothe my worries. I felt like I was going to college blindfolded...