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Picking The Right College Webinar

Listed below are the recording and slides of our Picking The Right College webinar held on April 21, 2022.

About The Webinar

We understand that many Central Valley students, especially those who are underserved, go through the college process alone, with little to no resources or people to turn to. And we also understand that the college admissions process creates a unique challenge, in which students are attempting to understand their college offer letters and make a decision that will impact their lives for the next four or more years - all the while, still having to manage constant shifts in education because of the pandemic.

Our "Picking The Right College" webinar tackles this issue, by providing free support for students, specifically Central Valley students with marginalized identities, who are currently in their college decision process. This webinar will provide a step-by-step breakdown on the following:

  • Determining out of pocket costs for a specific university

  • Taking a critical approach on college rankings

  • Factors to consider when picking a college

  • Dealing with rejections

  • Learning affirmations and student autonomy

While tailored for students, this webinar would also be helpful to educational leaders (teachers, parents, counselors, siblings, etc.) who are seeking to support the next generation of students in their higher education trajectories.

About The Speaker

Since an early age, Michael has been passionate about serving her community. She graduated as valedictorian from Kerman High School in 2017, and completed a degree in sociology with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021.

As a queer, first generation, and Latinx student, Michael’s passion for educational equity is rooted in her personal experiences. At the age of 19, Michael founded Central Valley Scholars to ensure all students, especially those who are underserved, have a safe and accessible space in education. Michael’s work has been featured in the Fresno Bee, San Francisco Examiner, Telemundo, Univision, and more and has received numerous awards including the Youth Courage Award and Mather Good Citizen Award. Michael carries a deep love for the Central Valley, and her life’s work is dedicated in ensuring all students are supported, catered for, advocated for, and loved.

Presentation Slides

At Central Valley Scholars, we believe in community knowledge and the right for every student to have access to the information they need in order to advance to higher education. And we strongly encourage folx to use our curriculum and resources as a means to share resources with more students and community members. However, we kindly ask that you give fair credit and citations where applicable. Please also note that use of any Central Valley Scholars curriculum should NEVER be used as a means to gain and/or receive profit.

The slides for our Picking The Right College webinar can be downloaded by clicking below.

Picking The Right College
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Additional Information

For questions or more information regarding the webinar, please email Are you an educational leader and would like us to conduct this or a similar workshop for your students? Contact us today!



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