Schools open renovated college and career rooms

HARLINGEN — University of Texas, here I come!

Or Princeton, or Harvard, or Texas A& M …

A lot of high school seniors are singing that tune, or some variation of it. The new optimism is due in part to the professional college advisors now ready to help them in high school here.

HarlingenHigh School and Harlingen High School South both recently opened renovated College and Career Rooms with new technology, new furniture and more space. The rooms are equipped to assist students in the college application process. Advisors are available to answer questions and provide direction.

“It’s very helpful, the way they set it up,” said Cody Garcia, 18. “They have good advisors that have been very helpful, how to apply for scholarships, making sure that I meet the standards. They found certain schools I should apply for my major.”

He plans to go into pre-med and wants to remain in Texas to save money. The advisors helped him find the right schools for what he was looking for, and he’s been accepted to both the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M in College Station.

The College and Career Rooms opened this school year but weren’t finally completed until last month when the district held the grand opening. Previously, the rooms were smaller, had fewer computers and less furniture. Paraprofessionals in each room helped students as much as they could. However, seniors were responsible for obtaining as much information as they could and then had to do their own research.

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