School: University of Minnesota, Class of 2017
Huy is the first person in his family to go to college. He was unfamiliar with the college application process in high school. There, he joined College Possible and his coach helped him increase his ACT score, apply to college, polish his scholarship essays and complete his FAFSA.
In college, Huy’s College Possible coaches have been based on-campus, through the University of Minnesota’s Collaborate partnership with College Possible Connects. They have helped him make connections on campus, tackle challenging classes and make sure the scholarships and financial aid he worked so hard for in high school are there until he graduates.
This additional support has helped Huy stay on track to graduate and take advantage of the wide array of opportunities the University of Minnesota offers. He’s found a passion for civil engineering and media communications, interned at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and even studied abroad in Norway this summer.
“When I was in high school I didn’t really think about going to college—I didn’t know where to go, how to apply for it.,” says Hue. “One of the best parts about College Possible has been making connections with coaches and other students who have gone through the same things that I have been through. I’m a first-generation college student, so it is really helpful.”
“If I could describe my experience as a college student in one word—it would be ‘amazing!’ The connections that you make, the people…you meet a lot of cool people in college!”