QuestBridge: A Glimmer of Hope

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Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted better for myself. I wanted to be able to provide for my family and live a life better than I was currently in. QuestBridge made that goal attainable. With that in mind, I knew I had to give it a shot. For me, the QuestBridge application meant an opportunity, and I think anyone in a situation similar to mine should do the same thing. However, it was not a shortcut to getting into college, but it was an alternative route. The application allows students, like myself, to use what they may look at as a disadvantage, to their advantage. QuestBridge gives full four-year scholarships to high-achieving low-income students, and by no means was the application a shortcut. It took time, and above all, honesty. Some of the questions I had never even thought about, and the responses pulled ideas out of me that I had never shared. More than that, I also learned about time management. The application was long, and in order to write meaningful essays, I had to think about my answers, and write, then re-write, and then re-write my essays again.

Any student who believes that they are living a life that completely closes out the option of going to college, I encourage you to reevaluate your options. QuestBridge can be that open door you were waiting for. I appreciate the hope the application provided for me and the hope it can provide for students just like me.

Jasmin Kamruddin, 2014 College Match applicant