- Faith & Family
In today’s tough economy getting a college education is almost a necessity for those wanting a good job. Last week, Miami Northwestern Senior High School held its financial aid and voter registration fair.
“Trying to get to college is something that I have always wanted to do,” said Jauan Battele, 18, Northwestern 11th grader. “My parents never got the opportunity to go to college. My goal is to get to college so that I can make them proud of me.”
The fair had representatives from different colleges across the state and city including Miami Dade College, Florida Atlantic University and The University of Miami,and attracted 200 people including Northwestern students, their parents and adults seeking information regarding a college education.
“I am 40-years-old and I want to go back to college,” said Janice Potter, a mother of two. “I dropped out of college when I was 19-years-old and had my first daughter. At the time I thought that it was the best thing to do for my child but the best thing really would have been to stay and stick it out. A college education is invaluable and it lasts forever.”
The fair also offered a chance for people to register to vote.
Financial aid advisors were available to assist parents and students in correctly completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.
“This is the most important document that you will have to fill out to go to school said LarMarc Anderson, Miami Northwestern’s College Assistance Program (CAP) advisor. “The turn out this year was great but we really want more people.” Many students may still be on the fence about going to college or even selecting a major. However, some students like Aundrey Alen, 18, Northwestern 11th grader has his mind made up.
“This fair is very important to me, if you don’t have a college degree you can’t do anything because you need a degree to get to where you want to go,” he said. “In an economy like this you have to have it all. I am interested in studying marine biology when I get to college. The fair also offered a chance for people to register to vote.
By Randy Grice