A lot of seniors need money to go to college and the best option is to save money. There are different methods to achieve this goal, you can work and put some of your money in savings, you can also apply for scholarships.
A lot of students are doing the second option. “There is a scholarship that is giving money to people who are doing art in college, you have to do an art contest,” said Da Vinci senior Lev Turner. “Last year I saw the project and I was like, oh I want to do it,” she continued. Turner isn’t the only one applying for scholarships. “So far what I have been doing is scholarships, but it is kinda hard because there are a lot of people competing for that,” said Da Vinci senior Winnie Liao.
For others like senior Sarah Seyk, it was the first option: working, that allowed her to save money thanks to her job at Dutch Brothers. “I saved a lot of money by working,” she said.
Sometimes, you do not realize that in order to save money for college you need to do it for a while and not only a few months before college. “This is probably my first year budgeting,” said Seyk. “I was not really good with money before. This year I kinda realized that it was important,” she continued. “[I have been saving money] For a while now because my parents always put the pressure saying, college is gonna happen, you should probably save up,” said Liao.
Saving up money is important, so start as soon as you can. It is never too early! You should start working and save up because although scholarships are great, you are not the only one to apply for it, so you might need a backup plan. “I’ll be sad if I don’t get it, but I think I’ll be fine if I don’t get the money,” said Turner of the scholarships she’s applied for. Some parents help a little too. “My parents are helping at the beginning because I’m moving but after that I will have to do it myself.” said Seyk.
If they have any advice for you, it is that saving money is important and you should start early!