I looked around, the cool San Francisco air chilling my Arizonian legs. My first time traveling alone, I had no idea what to do, when, and where, as I stepped off the plane. Thankfully, I had arranged to meet another lone College Prep Scholar before taking the train to Stanford. Erica and I–with lots of asking security guards, information desks, and random people wearing Stanford sweatshirts–finally arrived at the correct platform. But our luck didn’t stop there. From the plane to the train to the taxi to Stanford, we coincidentally met not just each other, but two other Scholars: Katebah and Alley.
Yes, the QuestBridge Conference’s binder of information was and will be undoubtedly helpful in my college application process. The real gem of the conference, however, was the people I met. My new friends inspired me to explore unfamiliar subjects and colleges. And of course, I can’t forget the enthusiastic college admissions officers. Asked about anything, from curriculum structures and financial aid to choosing the perfect roommate and food clubs, they answered all of our burning, personal questions. With a new insider perspective of the partner colleges from our Group Leaders/actual Quest Scholars, the college application process is no longer an intimidating beast taunting me, reluctant to be tamed. They also taught me that the QuestBridge network doesn’t stop once I finish applying, but extends through college and beyond to the Quest Scholars Network.
It will be a rough couple months (don’t even get me started on the plethora of editing and revising and rereading that awaits), but I know I’m prepared for senior year, thanks to QuestBridge.
— by Julie Cho, 2014 College Prep Scholar