Seniors learn about college applications at virtual college application night

The Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs) hosted a virtual college application night for seniors Monday, Sept. 14 from 6-7 p.m.

During the session, GLCs Elisabeth Everts, Viviana Hoyos and Sonia Nunez presented a 26-minute video on the college application process. They covered applications for the University of California (UC) system, the California State University (CSU) system, private institutions and community colleges. They discussed various topics including deadlines, tips for writing college application essays and an introduction to financial aid.

“It was beneficial that the UC schools were a large focus of the session because myself and a lot of other Walnut students are planning on applying to at least one UC school,” senior Arushi Choksey said. “Receiving information by system was very useful considering UC schools, CSUs and privates have different processes, requirements and deadlines for applying.”

Additionally, Annette Monge-Hermosillo, a representative of the High School Outreach department at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), introduced prospective students to the university’s admissions and programs. These programs included the honors curriculum and Promise+Plus, a set of financial services and support for first-time college students. After this video, the GLCs hosted a question and answer session for attendees.

“There are benefits to having information sessions online such as being able to connect with a larger crowd from the comfort of their home, the ability of recording the session along with the presentation, as well as students and parents being able to type their questions,” GLC Sonia Nunez said. “The most difficult part of having a session online is the technology and WiFi connection. As GLCs we are having to learn how to video edit, live cast and interact with an audience we can’t see.”

By Landon Park, Online editor-in-chief

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