Local webinars discuss different paths to obtaining a degree

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias hosts free College Night Webinar Series on Sept. 23 and 25

EXETER – Teenagers have a lot to consider when planning for their college and the amount of information on the subject can be overwhelming, especially at a time when sitting down with a college and career counselor is all but impossible. Instead of trying to wade through transfer matrices and financial aid forms to decide if your postsecondary education path begins at a community college or university, one local organization is offering local high school students the opportunity to hear from people who took different paths to obtaining their degrees.

This month, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias (BGCS) will be hosting their first ever College Night Webinar Series. The event will be held on two separate occasions, Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 25, both from 5 to 6:30 p.m. On Sept. 23, all the panelists will be professionals who took the community college transfer path—meaning they attended a community college then transferred to a four-year university. On Sept. 25, all the panelists will be professionals who attended a four-year university straight out of high school. This differentiation is meant to help give young students insight and perspective on the different college paths available to them.

College Night is meant to educate students on the requirements of college, familiarize them with different college paths, and remind them of the importance of putting effort into their schooling. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Those interested can register for the webinars at www.bgcsequoias.org/collegenight .

This event has been organized by BGCS area director Cinthia Ibarra and her good friend, and environmental planner, Victoria Chung. Many BGCS Club members will be attending the College Night Webinars as it is a precursor to upcoming programs such as Career Launch and Diplomas2Degrees. Both of these are Boys and Girls Club of America programs for members that promote the importance of higher education, encourage career exploration, and prepare for the workforce.

Over the course of the two webinars, audience members will hear from 10 panelists who are all professionals from a variety of industries. Panelists will discuss their experiences with selecting a university, majors and career trajectories, finance/student loan management, DACA, living arrangements, extracurriculars and time management, fraternities and sororities, studying abroad, and more.

Students of all ages are encouraged to join the webinar with their families and participate by asking questions. For more information, visit www.bgcsequoias.org.

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