Give Thanks to College Advocates this Holiday Season

The end of the calendar year is often a time for reflection. What did we achieve in 2015? What are our new goals for the upcoming year?

Many studies highlight the opportunities and earnings that come with a college degree. As you consider new goals for 2016, we encourage you to think about and thank the individuals that believed in your college dreams, enabling you to pursue opportunities that would not have been possible otherwise.

View More: asked the College Advising Corps’ network to tell us who believed in their college dreams. Here are some responses:

“Victor Salazar, who led talent search at Sunnyside High School, and Carrie Mitchell, a counselor, helped me get into college and then a university. Without them I would not be where I am today.” – Gabriela Valencia, 
University of Arizona College Advising Corps adviser at Cholla High Magnet School

“My dad made my college dreams come true by emphasizing the importance of a college education from when I was still in elementary school. He sacrificed so much for me to be able to attend the University of Arizona, specifically long workdays while never missing any of my basketball games. I am incredibly grateful for everything that he has done for me.” – Tyler McDowell Blanken, University of Arizona College Advising Corps adviser at Flowing Wells High School

“My mom’s unconditional support made my college dreams come true. She was the one who reminded me to never give up and to work hard to achieve my goals.” – Jimena Morales, University of Arizona College Advising Corps adviser at Amphi High School 

“The people who opened opportunities for me and made my college dreams come true were my parents and my college counselor Laura Sellers.” – Jennifer Guy, College Advising Corps Starbucks College Achievement Plan Adviser

“There are two people made my college dreams come true: my deceased grandmother and my older brother. My grandmother never went to college, but always inspired me to go and made sure I did. My brother helped me navigate the world of college by connecting me with people and resources that enabled me to graduate.” – Ruben Watson, Program Director for the Michigan State University College Advising Corps