Matthews Alvis, Matt Alvez, Framingham High School discussed on All Things Considered

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Add it seems to offer students the power to change the world. Come find out everything of which you are capable. Come believe in something greater than yourself. But like no pressure. There's obviously a lot of pressure from your mom and your dad and you know your role model to your little siblings. Matthews Alvis is a senior at Framingham High School outside of Boston. This year. He'll be the first person in his family to apply to college and no, Alvis says his parents push him to succeed. They don't have the experience to guide him. It's stressful because they ask a lot of questions and I don't have answers. Alvis sees college as a way to get a job and he's trying to decide between engineering or dentistry. Even in a normal year. That decision would be tough but in a pandemic He says. It's incredibly difficult to find the resources he needs and connect with counselors. He sent out a survey to other students at his high school, which is all remote this year, and more than 50 seniors reported back with similar struggles. The students feel like we're not being helped out enough and we're kind of being pushed aside by the pandemic. Framingham guidance counselor Rachel Erickson says. Things haven't been easy on the counseling side, either. Instead of dropping into her office, students make virtual appointments. In an online portal that's brand new to everyone. Students, families and staff framing him. Socioeconomic. Lee is divided just even getting the technologies to students who needed it and showing them how to use it. Has been really difficult for them and for us, Alvis. His parents are immigrants from Brazil. His mother cleans houses and his father works in construction. Statistically, the cards are stacked against first. Gen. Students like Alvez from getting to college research from the Department of Education shows that first generation college students disproportionately come from low income homes. And so far this year, far fewer low income first Gen students are applying. I go to a public school like I don't really have my keep switching around, you know, I mean, So I really have to focus on one path and go through with it. Colleges So far more than 1500 of them are hoping to make this year a little easier by dropping test requirements like the S, A T and a C T. Angel Perez, the president of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, says some parents, especially wealthy and anxious ones, refused to believe that schools are really test optional and will go to great lengths to give their kids in upper hand. I have spoken to families who are driving their Children from Los Angeles to Utah because that is the closest open center And again. What we're trying to do is to really go out there on a public campaign toe. Let students know that this is not the year where you have to do that, Perez says. The entire process has changed, and even those students from wealthier backgrounds will have more resource is This year might actually level the playing field. You can buy a tutor or an entry to a test. But you can't buy a good personal story. Matt Alvez is hoping his essay will show who he really is. He hasn't always had perfect grades. He doesn't have every advantage, but he is resilient, and this year resilience is worth a lot. I know that colleges for me and I have been working very hard for everything I've done. I have stepped up and it has affected my grades. I regret it, but I don't let it discourage me. I am after the office and I never quit for NPR news. I'm Tori Bedford in Boston. It's doubled. Um, I see you're listening to all things Considered just ahead After news headlines, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Florida's government has continually misled the public about the severity of the pandemic. They called the blue sky messaging, you know, pointing to the blue sky. This guy's blue. Let's talk about this guy being blue. Let's not talk about what's happening with the virus and the state will have more on that story. Right after news headlines on W When my C Mostly cloudy early on tonight's going to gradually clear up overnight love about 37 tomorrow Sunny with a high near 48 degrees. It's w and my C at 7 30. On the next. All of it will celebrate Hanukkah foods and traditions with Amanda Dell. She was clued Societies, program director and host of the schmaltzy podcast, and we'll hear about some of your favorite Hanukkah recipes. Less. Director Julia Heart on her new film. I'm your woman and unconventional crime drama set in the 19 seventies about a woman who is forced to go on the run with her baby. I'm Alison Stewart joined me for all of it. Case in New on W. N. Y C W..

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