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Be There: finding the right college

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Going to college may be a dream for most students in Muscogee County, but for many of them, they do not know how to even begin the process.

High school graduation in May is months away, but Carver High School senior Lakeya Butler says it is never too early to start thinking about your college applications.

"Working on my grades and making sure I'm getting not the minimum grade, but the maximum grades," said Butler.

 To help students like Butler make the right choice when it comes to furthering their education, Carver High School will have a College Fair Thursday for juniors and seniors. There will be more than 30 college, university, and military representatives there to explain the application process.

"Most of my friends don't know if they want to go to college or not. And, this gives them an opportunity to see what colleges are out there and what they can offer them," said Butler.

Teresa Atkins helped organize the event and says it is not just for students. She says parents should come too.

"They need to make sure that they [their children] are meeting all the requirements to pass their classes here on campus and not waiting until the last minute to take the entrance exams like the SAT and ACT," said Atkins.

Then, on Saturday, the First Generation Scholars Program is holding an edu-lab at the Mildred Terry Library in Columbus to help 9th through 12th grade students.

"We will be going over college applications, the applications process, we'll be answering questions. We'll also go over various scholarships and grants that are available to students," said Tammie Griggs with First Generation Scholars Program.

Griggs also encourages parents to get involved.

"We need those parents to be there not only for motivation but in assisting their children and seeing what is going on with those students," said Griggs.

The college fair at Carver High School with be in there gym from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The edu-lab will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mildred Terry Library on Saturday.

There is limited space for the edu-lab so you can e-mail firstgenerationscholars2014@gmail.com to reserve a space.

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