The University of Washington Bothell's First-Generation College Celebration
2020 First-Generation College Celebration
If you're interested in attending college but don't know what to do to get ready, this series is for you. Join the University of Washington Bothell for a special four-part series that 9th - 11th grade students and their families can use as a starting point to learn more about college. You'll learn common terms used in higher education as well as debunk common myths and misconceptions you may have about college.
Aim for College is presented by UW Bothell Admissions, but you'll learn what you need to know to prepare and apply to any college when you are ready. Visit our website to learn more!
Day 1: First Gen Kickoff
You may be the first person in your family to go to college, and that is a huge deal! We want to celebrate you and help you feel strong and empowered as a first-gen student. Join us for a virtual kickoff party where you will meet college admissions advisors, preview the week's programming, and meet other first-gen students across Washington state.
Day 2: Let's Talk about College (College Basics)
With terms like FAFSA, quarters, semesters, registrar, and more—the things you're expected to know about college can seem like a different language than what you're used to. How are you supposed to know what it all means? In this session, we'll define common terms and teach you what you need to know to start making college feel more accessible.
Day 3: Show Me the Money (Financial Aid Basics)
How can you get help paying for college? There is help out there, but there are steps you must do first before aid can be awarded to you. In this session you'll learn about the many resources you can use to get help paying for college, how to find them, and how to make sure you get considered for aid.
Day 4: Myths & Misconceptions About College
- Myth: You can't go to college with a low GPA.
- Myth: You have to be in every club to stand out.
You may have heard a lot of things about college that aren't necessarily true. In this session, we'll debunk common myths and misconceptions. We'll also have an open conversation about things students may be worried about such as impostor syndrome or homesickness and provide you tools to address them.