Gagan, Yuba City, CA
Attending Princeton University

In terms of financial aid award letters, you helped me a lot. Yes, toot your own horn, please! Be like, ‘Mike is the greatest person ever,’ because it’s true! You were amazing. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to go through any of this without you. On a scale of one to ten, with one being none and ten being the best, it was an eleven! It was so great having you there, and I would even just text you at random times saying, ‘Alright, I need you to look over this, could you please look over this for me, please look at my essays!’ Honestly, it helped so much having someone there who had been through the experience themselves recently.

I don’t know how to explain how helpful you were and how amazing it was.

I don’t think I would have been able to do any of this without you, or could have gotten into any of the places that I got into without you. It helped hugely to have someone on my side saying, ‘Alright! We’re going to get through this together.’ Even just looking for minor grammatical mistakes that I had made in my essays, and talking me through the process of picking colleges, saying, ‘Okay, I know you think this is a reach college for you, but I’m confident in you that you can do this.’ It makes such a huge difference knowing that there’s someone there who wants you to succeed and is willing to help you in any way possible. Not even a question, you made a huge difference! And, of course, it was a positive one.