Fifteen thousand students are graduating from Central Texas high schools this year, and 90 percent of them say they plan to go to college in the fall. For many students, however, a great summertime chasm lies between graduation’s plans and the fall’s reality. Come August or September, research says, only 62 percent of high school graduates will enroll in college.
Doubt, fear, anxiety — these and other optimism-challenging emotions can creep into a high school graduate’s mind over the long summer and push aside plans for college. This is especially true for low-income, first-generation college students whose families are unable to help with the college enrollment process.
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