Mr. Albert Ocampo gives senior Kyle Isaguirre valuable feedback on his six writing prompts for his UNLV application. Isaguirre listened attentively in order to make improvements. Photo Credit: Summer Thomad
“A lot of kids do not understand what a lot the guidelines are for the college [UNLV], and since I do know, I can guide them instead of them just trying to figure things out on their own,” Ocampo said.
In the application, six writing prompts must be answered. The writing prompts ask the students applying about their personal high school experiences, including questions on their leadership skills, creativity and special interests, how they’ve dealt with challenges, community involvement, experiences with discrimination, and how they’ve accomplished their goals.
“I hope what we do in class makes them realize that college life is starting now, instead of several months from now,” Ocampo said.
Additionally, Ocampo’s students are taking advantage of the opportunity to complete their UNLV applications in class. Once their applications are finished, seniors will turn in their writing prompts to Ocampo for a grade with the option of submitting them to UNLV if they choose.
“I think it’s a good use of time management because instead of doing it at home, you can do it in class to get it over with, and you can have your teacher there to help you out if you have any questions,” senior Savanna Jaffe said.
Jaffe’s goal is to get accepted to UNLV, and attend the university for the first two years in order to complete all her required core class. Then , she plans to transfer to another college of her choice and complete her degree.
“It’s better that I finished my application in class so I don’t have to worry about procrastinating,” senior Kevin Delacuadra said.
Delacuadic’s preparation for college includes retaking his SAT exam to earn a higher score in order to get accepted to UNLV.