Summer Orientation Delivers Strategies for Success

CSF Scholars who recently graduated from Seattle, Kent and Highline high schools learned what to expect when they head to college this fall at our summer orientation July 10 at Highline College. This event was one of four regional summer orientations for incoming college freshmen across Washington state enrolled in CSF programs and those who received CSF scholarships.

The students were introduced to our college services and met fellow CSF Scholars. Victor Zamora, CSF College Services Program Manager, welcomed the students, assured them that CSF would continue to be there, and encouraged them on their new journey.

“No matter what campus, no matter what you decide to do, you’re going to have somebody who will support you,” he told them. “Ask those questions, ask for that help. Know that you belong.”

After the opening session, the students attended community-building workshops where they learned about the role of a CSF College Coach, the importance of building community success, and how expectations are different in high school versus college. They also spent time connecting with each other by sharing where they’re going to college, what they’re planning on studying, and what they’re most nervous or excited about as new college students.

Maria Rebecchi, CSF College Services Scholarship Manager, explained how to understand college costs and financial aid and provided one-on-one financial aid sessions. Afternoon breakout sessions focused on strategies for earning scholarships and orientations specifically for L1000, Why Not You and Governors’ Scholars.

A panel of college students and recent graduates talked about their experiences, tips and strategies for success in college. Students were also entered into a raffle to win fun prizes like gift cards, a $250 scholarship and a laptop.

CSF Scholars ended the day excited to continue on to college and confident in their futures knowing that we’ll be there for them in college and beyond.