Planning For College:800 Attend VSAC Event

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 03/15 2014 02:24PM

Updated 03/15 2014 08:17PM

COLCHESTER, Vt.- More than 800 high school students and parents were at St. Michael's College in Colchester
Saturday to get jump start on planning for college. The free workshops were offered through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation's13th annual College Pathways program.

Planning for college can seem like a daunting task. South Burlington High School Junior Emylie Rose says choosing a major, a college, and applying is a bit overwhelming.

“Yea it’s scary. It’s always nerve wrecking to think what if I messed something up or what if I don’t say what I wanted to say. What if it comes across differently than it should have, so yea it’s a lot of pressure,” said Rose.

To help better prepare for the process Rose and her parents turned to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation otherwise known as VSAC. VSAC is a nonprofit organization created by the state to help Vermonters who want to go to college or other training after high school.

“I don't really know what I want to do so that’s kind of why I came here,” said Rose.

VSAC held its 13th annual College Pathways program at St. Michael's College in Colchester. More than 800 students and parents packed the numerous free seminars that were offered; including how to prepare for the SATs or ACTs and how to write an admission essay that will stand out.

“We actually give them a road map of the steps they need to take in order to successfully pick the right college and pay for it,” said Scott Giles, President and CEO of VSAC.

Giles says during the last decade the process of choosing, applying, and paying for college has become a lot more complicated. And he says VSAC’s goal is to help simplify it.

“A good deal of what we do is spend time breaking down the resources that are available to help make it affordable,” said Giles.

Only halfway through the day and Rose says the seminars have already helped better prepare her for college.

“That gave me a lot of great information about how to write the essay and what things to think about, so I’m excited for the next ones too,” said Rose.

If you missed today's session there are other events coming up. The next one is on Saturday March 29th at Castleton State College in Castleton, VT. It runs from 9a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

And then another session will be held on Monday April 7th at Lyndon State College in Lydonville, VT.
That session runs from 4:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

And if you can't make it to either of those,  you can always visit VSAC's website for more information.

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