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Hello, my name is Carla. If you are between the ages of 13 and 14 and you're currently in middle school, let me tell you something.
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You were created with a purpose and you have unlimited potential. Part of that purpose is a career path. No, it is not too early to start thinking about life after high school.
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That's why your school has partnered with a college to prepare you for the next level through the GEAR UP program. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
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GEAR UP is a free, federally funded program helping 8th graders at your school get ready for life after high school.
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GEAR UP is available at a number of schools across the country but only three school districts in Connecticut have the program and yours is one of them.
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So why should you participate? Well first we should talk about college. You might have heard that going to college can help you get a better job and the reason for that is that normally the more education people get, the more money they make.
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But it's not just the money. Did you know that people with college degrees are generally healthier, happier, they vote more, give back to their community, and are more likely to enjoy their job? That all sounds great, right?
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So how do you get started? Well, I'm sure you know that it is important to do well in school but there are a lot of other things that you need to do to get ready for college.
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You need to go through the college application process and then you need to choose the right school for you and make sure you can pay for it by applying for financial aid like scholarships, grants, and loans.
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In addition, along the way you need to learn the skills that will help you do well in college and beyond. Most importantly overcoming obstacles and asking for help.
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And don't forget, you also need to have the right mindset.
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Now that may seem like a lot and maybe you're not sure how to get started, or you haven't even thought about it yet, or maybe you don't see yourself going to college, or you would be the first one in your family to go to college, or you think it's too expensive, or you don't know enough about it to know what to think.
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Well don't worry because all of these thoughts are normal and that's what GEAR UP is here for.
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GEAR UP helps you start thinking about college and life after high school right now and it shows you how to prepare with mentoring and advising, tutoring and academic support, SAT test prep, summer and after school programs, career exploration, field trips and college visits, help with college and financial aid applications, financial education, scholarships, and more.
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And parents, in case you're wondering GEAR UP works with you too to support you in being involved in your child's education in life after high school.
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After all, it takes a village and the more people a student has supporting them the better.
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Oh, and I almost forgot. GEAR UP supports students all the way through high school and during the first year of college. So why should you start now?
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Well, the earlier you start thinking about life after high school, the better. But most importantly, you will be part of a college-going culture, which means you will be surrounded by mentors, teachers, tutors, staff, and others that believe in you. They will support you and will help you start seeing yourself going to college and all these people plus other students and you are going to be part of the GEAR UP community. So let's get started.