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UVA Grads Help High School Students Prepare for College

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Thirteen recent University of Virginia graduates have gone from walking the lawn to walking the halls of state high schools. The grads are now guiding high school students through the college application process.

Thinking about college can be overwhelming - especially in families where no one has applied before - but UVA's College Advising Corps helps high school students with the nonacademic aspects of preparing for college.

Oladoyin Onawlee graduated from UVA last year and now travels between Nelson County High School and Charlottesville High School.

Ola, as her friends call her, is an advisor who teaches SAT and ACT prep courses to students. Her classroom is lined with college acceptance letters and banners.

"One of the most important things I've been able to do at CHS is announce myself in the junior and senior class meetings, so I went up in the front and waived my hands and let them know my hours and they can walk straight past my office and find me," said Onawlee.

The students she teaches are generally from low-income families where no one has attended college. Ola says she wants students to know she's on their side and, if she could get into college, they can too.

Advisors also meet with students about balancing loans, salaries and different kinds of positions.

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