Program offers extra help for ambitious seniors

With more students filling out college applications than ever before, it has never been more important to give yourself that extra edge. One way to do this is by enrolling in programs like Let's Get Ready (LGR), a nonprofit organization with offices in New York and Boston, dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds achieve their goals and prepare for a college education.

According to the initiative's official website, LGR is working towards it goals of helping more than 2,560 students from the Northeast complete their college applications, prepare for the SAT and more. The group has more than 1,000 volunteers helping students prepare for college. Last year, LGR guided approximately 13,000 students from economically challenged backgrounds through the college admissions process.

Nathaly Lopera, a senior at Newton North High School in Massachusetts, is constantly striving to improve herself. A member of the LGR program, she told The New York Times that she feels that such programs are valuable to students from ethnic and economically challenged families.

"My personality is very outgoing and friendly which is something I want to share with the program," Lopera wrote in a college admissions essay, as quoted by the newspaper. "I don’t want colleges to judge me over a poor test score, when I personally know that I am better than what those scores say."

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