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Follow the Data Podcast Episode 5: How a virtual advisor helped a student get into a top college

In our newest episode of Follow the Data, we meet CollegePoint e-advisor Kiki Murrain and her advisee Sabyne Pierre.  Matched together through our CollegePoint initiative, Kiki has been advising Sabyne through the college application process using text messages, emails, social networks, and even Skype. To tell us more about how virtual advising works, and their CollegePoint experience, the pair sat down with Jenny Kane from our Education team to share their stories of getting Sabyne to the college of her dreams and to impart some advice for all high school students.

CollegePoint Insight: How a virtual college advisor’s inspiration led Oklahoma student to USC

By Ca Dao Duong, CollegePoint participant

I came to America in 2009 when I was 11-years-old. For me and my parents, college was always an eventuality — there was no other acceptable path. Unfortunately, three months after we arrived in California, my family had to move to Oklahoma to find jobs. I remember thinking to myself, “I didn’t come to America only to stop here.” I wanted to succeed — to make it big. I wanted to become successful in the business/political battlefield and one day come back to help my politically oppressed country (Vietnam). So from sixth grade to tenth grade, I believed the only way I could do this was to get accepted into a top-ranking college with an established reputation and the education quality necessary for my dream career. However, as senior year slowly but steadily approached and reality began to take its toll, it became clear that to study at an out of state college was a financial impossibility that I refused to let my parents shoulder. Swallowing back my disappointment, I agreed with my parents and planned to attend a local college, where two-thirds of my classmates would also go.

CollegePoint Insight: A first-generation college student’s path to Yale

Fernando Garcia is a high school senior from Los Angeles, California and a participant in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ College Access and Success initiative, CollegePoint. Through the initiative, Fernando was paired with a one-on-one virtual advisor Chloe Collins, from partner organization College Possible, to identify best fit schools and financial aid opportunities. Fernando was recently accepted to several selective colleges and has secured a Gates Millennium Scholarship. He plans to attend Yale University in the fall and expects to major in Economics.

The ‘Why’ of eAdvising

Meet Andrew Meriwether, one of the virtual advisors of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ College Access and Success initiative working at College Advising Corps. In a guest blog post, Andrew shares with us why virtual advising is so important.

The Power of a Penny: Building Knowledge to Invest in What Works in Education

According to a new report by Bloomberg Philanthropies partner, Results for America, by shifting just 1% of federal education funds to review what aspect of education programs have an impact – education funding could be much better informed and driven by evidence of what actually works.