Perspectives

Navigating College Access Barriers for Students in Foster Care
Apr 22, 2022

I have had the privilege of serving as the Appalachian College Advising Corps Adviser at Marjorie Williams Academy (Williams) for nearly two years. Wi...

I am my brother’s keeper: A journey of resilience
Apr 1, 2022

“I am my brother’s keeper!”, the phrase that was echoed throughout a room filled with black and brown young men that possessed hunger, dedicatio...

The Perks of Community College
Mar 24, 2022

Photo: Like many students in rural Appalachia, Molly had responsibilities at home, such as caring for her farm animals. This made Mayland Community Co...

Scoring All Zeros
Mar 18, 2022

Photo: Jacob Morgan during his high school yearsScoring all zeros on a FAFSA is a strange, bittersweet feeling. Initially, you see that score, a perfe...

Thriving in the Unexpected
Mar 1, 2022

So your prospective job is asking you to move to a new place? That place being somewhere that is miles from your close friends and family? I’m sure ...

Partnering with Counselors

Partnering with Counselors
Feb 10, 2022

Becoming a college adviser can be a little scary at times, even with the full support from our fellow colleagues and supervisors. It may feel a bit lo...

A Little Guatemala in the Heart of Burke County
Jan 28, 2022

1:20 pm on Fridays is one of my most favorite times of the day in this job. 1:20 is the start of fourth period and when I get to visit the English-Lea...

Kicking Off Scholarship Season
Jan 12, 2022

One of the biggest concerns I  hear from students when applying to college is “How will I pay for school?” It was certainly what I thought ab...

Adviser Perspective: First Generation Success by Sarah Estes
Dec 16, 2021

It was an ordinary Monday when I had a student come leaping into my office. She said “Ms. Estes, Ms. Estes, I have been waiting to show you this sin...

I had an adviser, and now I'm one
Dec 5, 2021

When I think back to middle school, I knew that I wanted to go to college. Neither of my parents attended college, so I did not know how I would get t...