Attending University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“I can guarantee I would not have as much scholarship money if I did not have help in the Future Center. I also would have been way behind on FAFSA, and the little details would have gone right over my head.
The Future Center has tremendously helped me prepare for college. I knew I had to apply to get in, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I didn’t know all the steps that go into the application through to the enrollment process.
My sister frequently visited the Future Center throughout her high school career. I initially went in for help on my college applications, but then I came in regularly for help with scholarships, understanding financial aid, or frequently, just for day-to-day advice. Even in the summer after I graduated, I came in for help with financial aid.
I was very involved at Central in Cross Country, Powerlifting, Track & Field, Choir, Orchestra, Interact Club, FEM Club, Link Crew, NHS, and many other activities. Outside of school, I train and compete in Powerlifting, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The Future Center also worked with me on career inventories and she set up a job shadow for me at Spence Elementary. I also attended UWL Education Day. Throughout the year, we worked on the FAFSA together and college essays. But deciding where to go was the hardest part. I always thought I would go to UW-Madison and as we went through the process of applying to schools, we made a pros/cons list. I realized that UW-L really stood out. I attended many other campus visits and found the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to be a surprisingly good fit.
I am really glad I came in the beginning of the school year so I could apply for early admissions and then get a head start on scholarships. I would recommend that to all students. I can guarantee I would not have as much scholarship money if I did not have help in the Future Center. I also would have been way behind on FAFSA, and the little details would have gone right over my head.
College is important to me. My mom started college but didn’t finish. She has a good job and a good career, but she sees the limitations by not having that degree. I want to put myself in position to achieve what I want to do. I am excited about college but I know I have to learn how to budget, do laundry and learning how to handle more responsibilities and juggle work with school. I know I need to remember to ask questions and find out what resources I can use at college. I can’t wait to learn about new subjects, finding new passions, and focusing on teaching and how to be good at it.
The Future Center has helped me not only with college plans, but with life skills and advice in general — from applying to college to what to wear to job interviews and how to talk with my boss.