“Future is Now” College Prep Event at New Design High School

This year’s “Future is Now” college prep event for families and students was recently held at New Design High School.  The session included workshops covering topics such as the application process and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as a panel discussion featuring recent NDHS graduates speaking about their experiences.  Throughout the day, we worked on tackling myths about college and informing everyone of available resources to help them navigate the complex path to success after high school.


“It’s good for us right now.  I didn’t know there were so many different applications.” – NDHS 11th grader

“It’s great that students are getting the preparation early in 9th and 10th grade because it’s a lot to handle in your last two years of high school.  The earlier students get prepared for college – building up their resumes, figuring out what types of colleges they’re interested in and they might want to study – it just helps them to make the transition a whole lot easier.” – Nicole Smith, ESI coordinator

“This is my second child going to college, and I made some mistakes the first time, so all the information is helpful.” – NDHS parent

“This college event is really important because it gives families perspectives from people who have gone to this high school and how their transition to college went.” – Kwan, NDHS graduate

“I received a lot of information about colleges that I didn’t know, like about CUNY and SUNY schools and what they offer and their living options.” – Thermond, NDHS 11th grader


Photos and interviews by Danielle, NDHS 11th grader