Savannah Adams and Nadia Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The American College Testing (ACT) is hosting a free college planning event known as My Journey on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ACT is a standardized test used during the college admission process.

The event is designed to help students and parents during the college admissions process, as this process is a difficult one. My Journey will help students make important decisions for their future.

The ACT is a very important aspect in college applications.

Guidance counselor Melissa Alter said, “While we’ve seen some private and out-of-state post-secondary schools advertise that they are ‘test optional,’ all 12 of Florida’s state universities use Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or ACT scores in their evaluation of an applicant.”

During the event, instructors will share college insights, make recommendations, and encourage grit, resilience, and dedication.

“The event was helpful to me because it made me realize how important it is to be involved rather than relying on my high school to take care of things,” a former participant said.

University of South Florida (USF) Judy Genshaft Honors College Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & International Education Benjamin Scott Young explained that test scores are important during the application process.

“It’s worthwhile doing well on the standardized tests, as it puts you in the right pile. Even though an individual might have other outstanding features in their application, the test scores play an important role,” Young said.

Each session of My Journey has different content, and every registered participant will engage in each session.

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The layout of the event is as follows –

  • Welcome and Keynote: 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., ET
  • Breakout Session #1: 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., ET
  • Breakout Session #2: 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., ET
  • Breakout Session #3: 12:25 p.m. – 12:55 p.m., ET
  • Student Panel Discussion: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., ET

Although there are plenty of resources to utilize during the college application process, Alter encourages people to visit their guidance counselors as well.

Alter said, “Students should seek the advice of their parents, counselors, and college admissions counselors when applying to colleges, but there are great resources that are available at no cost to the student.”

Some free resources include The Common App, U.S. News and World Report, and College Data.

Mustangs may register for this event for the ACT by 9 a.m. on Sept. 23.

For those unable to make it to this event, the sessions will be recorded and available after the event on their website.  

To register, go to their registration page, which may be found here.