What's Next?

May 6th,  2016 
What's Next?
Now that you have decided which college to attend, you can start getting excited about your new school! We know that this month will go by quickly! Graduation is just around the corner. Take some time to reflect on the last four years and be proud of your achievements! 

Do not forget to submit all of the necessary forms (i.e., final high school transcripts, financial aid documentation, immunization records, orientation registration, and summer bridge programs required documents) to complete your college registration. Many services and programs such as housing, orientation and summer bridge programs are on a first come first serve basis. Furthermore, make sure to choose an orientation session in July (if available) as you will use this time to register for classes and they tend to fill out quickly. 

Finally continue to apply for scholarships. Now that you have a better idea of how much college costs, we hope that you can see how a $500 or $1,000 scholarship can help to lessen the cost of college. 

Best of luck to all of you taking the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam on May 16. Make sure to check our testing samples. 

I AM Staff
What's New?
  • College: What is next?
  • Scholarships
  • I AM Student Highlight
  • I AM-Mentor Highlight
  • New Student Orientation
  • Finalizing Your Financial Aid
  • Things to Do During the Summer: Getting Ready for College
  • Housing Options
  • Spotlight On:
    • 300 Colleges Still Accepting Applications 
    • Rejected from your dream school? Remember these three things
    • UC English Placement Test
Quick Links
Scholarship Highlight
Alfonso Deal Scholarship
Taco-Bell Live Mas Scholarship  
Make it a habit to apply to scholarships throughout your college career!

Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Amount: Up to 25,000
Deadline: May 27, 2016

I AM Student Highlight
We are extremely proud of your accomplishments throughout this year. If you would like to be high-lighted in our newsletter, please get in contact with Michelle or Carlos. In the meantime, please check the accomplishments of your following peers: 

  • Marilyn from Ambassador School of Global Leadership
  • Angenza Santos from Downtown Magnets High School 
  • Jocelyn Sandoval from Foshay High School 
  • Brandy Vargas from Roosevelt High School 
  • Jorge Juarez Duarte from West Adams Prep

I AM-Mentor Highlights

We are extremely thankful for having Christine and Daniel as mentors to our students. Please join us on congratulating them both on their graduation.

To read more about their accomplishments click here: 

New Student Orientation

Why is it important? 

  • This is a "get acquainted" time. If you have not done so yet, this is your chance to get to know the campus, take a tour, meet students and experience what the campus will feel like during the fall. 
  • This is an informational time. You will learn how to enroll in classes, explore degree requirements and, if attending a UC, you will take your math placement test. 
  • This is the beginning of your college journey, enjoy! 

Finalizing Your Financial Aid 
  • Re-examine your financial aid applications (make sure you updated your information in the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application)
  • Check your student portal. Make sure that you do not have any pending items. If you do, take care of them right away and contact your financial aid office
  • If you are taking loans, complete your Loan Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note

Things to Do During the Summer to Get you Ready for College  
  • Send your official transcripts to your college/university no later than July 1st. If you send them through the mail, make sure to post-mark them
  • Register and attend your college/university orientation
  • If you are living on campus, contact your new roommate
  • If you will be commuting to college, practice how to get to campus on your own
  • Visit your college/university
  • Make a list of all the different things you will need during college
  • Participate in a summer bridge program, internship or get a summer job! 
  • Learn how to drive, apply to get your driving permit
  • Keep applying for scholarships, be productive with your time

CSU Housing and Deadlines 
If you are thinking about going to a California State University and want to live on campus, we recommend that you start applying to student housing sooner rather than later. To find out more about the deadlines at the different CSU's, click on the image to your left! 

300 Colleges Still Accepting Applications 
Rejected from your dream school? Remember these three things
UC English Placement Test
Traditional admission deadlines have passed, but more than 300 colleges and universities still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshmen and/or transfer students.

Rejected from your dream school? Remember these three things featured in this LA Time's article...


Here are some practice questions to help you prepare for your UC Placement Test

I AM Schools

* Belmont High School
* Downtown Magnets HS
* Foshay High School
* Fremont High School


* Manual Arts High School
* Marshall High School
* Roosevelt High School
* Roybal High School


* West Adams Preparatory High School
* Ambassador School of Global Leadership


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