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Students Get Last-Minute Help Before UC, CSU Application Deadline On Saturday

Aired 11/29/13 on KPBS News.

UC and CSU applications are due Saturday and some San Diego County students received help in making sure their i's were dotted and t's were crossed.

Saturday is the deadline for undergrad applications to the University of California and California State University campuses.

Crawford High School Senior Betra Hussein workis on applications for University of California's San Diego and Riverside campuses at an annual California Student Opportunity and Access application workshop at the Elementary Institute of Science in southeastern San Diego, Nov. 26, 2013.

San Diego County students who needed last-minute help on their applications were at The Elementary Institute of Science in southeastern San Diego this week for San Diego and Imperial counties' annual Cal-SOAP workshop for personal statements, scholarship applications and making sure their i's were dotted and t's crossed.

The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is a part of the state's Student Aid Commission and has focused on helping low-income and first-generation college-bound students prepare for college since 1978.

A few of the students at this week's workshops shared their fears and hopes about applying to and attending college:

Andrew Caparell, Point Loma High School:

"I came out because I was very confused with the college application process and like, some things I didn’t know if I was going to put this right, like I took some college classes this year. My first choice is the University of Oregon. I'm most excited about just the whole college experience: going to football games, meeting new people, maybe going to a couple parties, but also thriving and advancing in a career that'll take me far in life. I’m kind of leaning towards medicine. Because I want to help people and I’m interested in the human body."

Komi Gbeblewou, El Cajon Valley High School:

"The application process is hard. Some people might be able to do it, but it was difficult for me on my own, so I'm grateful for the help. Seeing if I do get into the college that I want to, if I get that letter and do open it and they do accept me — that’d probably be one of the happiest days of my life. My first choice is CSU, Los Angeles. I want to do a communications major, so probably television and media studies."

Betra Hussein, Crawford High School:

"The whole process makes me nervous, not excited, about what the colleges will think of my application and everything like that. But I guess getting in would be the most exciting part. My first choice is SDSU, because I think it has a good psychology program and I’m interested in that."

Jessica Reyna, San Diego:

"I’m working on my personal statement right now. I’m working on the way it’s supposed to be organized and written because I have no idea how to do that. My first UC choice would be UC Irvine, so I would try to stay close to help my mom out, but at the same time I would like to, like, have my own space. I want to be a social worker, so I plan to study social work and psychology to learn about how people behave."

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