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Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Seattle Education Access, or SEA, which has helped me identify some of the gaps that exist when you have no idea how and when to get into college. In our current society, college is too important of an opportunity to pass on, regardless of some of the debt that comes with it. SEA specifically dedicates itself to connecting students across all spectrums to resources that make going to college doable. Had I not connected with them, I never would have known how to plug myself in to classes in a meaningful way. Those of you interested in taking that next step, get your pen and take notes.

Now let me start out by just laying it out there: college is important. Life is only so long. The longer you put off learning skills that lead to a higher potential, the longer you will be just surviving on the minimum wages. Earning money on a higher level will likely take some sacrifice, but the overall potential gain is much higher if you expand your horizons sooner than later. Hardships in the present make excellent distractions from these facts. But the sooner life gets reprioritized around the need for higher education, the better.

Luckily, SEA pretty much takes care of all the legwork of getting started. They work primarily with youth, and have an open door policy to anyone under the age of 30 regardless of sexual orientation, immigration or parenting status. This means anyone can get their college year going and get help with the resources that will lead to educational success. Some of these resources include tutoring, career exploration, help with admissions and financial aid paperwork, finding scholarships and other funding sources, and assistance with budgeting.

“Seattle Education Access (SEA) specifically dedicates itself to connecting students across all spectrums to resources that make going to college doable. Had I not connected with them, I never would have known how to plug myself in on time to classes in a meaningful way.”

I personally have gotten a lot of help in the above mentioned aspects. If it weren’t for them, I probably would not have signed up in time for next quarter and might have given up. They consistently helped me with getting the myriad types of paperwork in and signing up for my classes. I had a lot of doubts about my career and my major. They helped me through this snag too and gave me guidance and valuable input to finally make up my mind. I decided against a career in music and chose to practically apply myself (get it?) to majoring in Computer Science.

I imagine my experience here is not a solitary one. And I certainly hope it will not be the last of its kind. If you are interested in going to college, but don’t know how to find a foothold in the endeavor, reach out to Seattle Education Access so they can help get you past the prohibitive and esoteric processes that tend to keep potential entrants from going to college. It is common knowledge how difficult it is to make good progress in a career without a degree these days. The first step to that progress just might be tapping on SEA’s open door.


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