Welcome to the New School Year!

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Welcome back to school from the CollegeCrewMpls team!

We’re delighted to report that the majority of our original bloggers are returning this fall, as we continue to follow them through their journeys following graduation from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) high schools. Additionally, we have a new cohort of 2015 graduates lined up to share their stories and advice as well. We’re excited to have some fresh perspectives mixed in with our sage returning veterans.

This past year – our first year – was a great success for our ’14 bloggers and we plan to build on this momentum to provide a broader range of real-world perspectives on life after MPS for our current high school students.

During our first year we had over 40 posts and more than 5,000 views. We hope to increase that even more this year as we have a larger base of bloggers to share their compelling stories.

We’re also launching a monthly question feature, which will focus on specific questions from high school students that are answered by our bloggers from around the country. The first monthly question post will come out later this week, so stay tuned!

Finally, we’re excited to announce the launch of our Twitter feed! Follow us at @CollegeCrewMpls — and also be sure to re-Tweet the Tweets you like so we can get more followers who turn into readers of our blog!

Best of luck back at school this year!

BestPrep Essay Competition (Grades 9 – 11)

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by Minneapolis Alumni Connection (MAC)

Calling all Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior writers!

We wanted to bring up a tremendous opportunity to develop and hone your writing skills and win some great prizes in the process with the BestPrep essay competition. Prizes include great Apple products, such as a MacBook Air and iPads; a Kindle Fire; and Target gift cards.

The topic for this year’s competition is “The Value of Education.” This topic is inspired by an extremely talented, influential woman from Benin, Angelique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo wrote the powerful book, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” – for more info on this book Click Here. The top 20 student winners will be invited to the Educational Forum featuring Ms. Kidjo in fall of 2015.

The due date for the 600-750 word essay is April 8, 2015. Students will be writing in response to the following prompt:

Education in the United States is often times taken for granted. What is the value of education locally, and around the world? Why should we care about the education of a student in Benin, Africa (Angélique’s home country), and why should Angélique Kidjo care about the education of a student in Minnesota? What challenges do you face in your own educational and career journey, and how do you plan to overcome these challenges?

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Megan Gustafson at mgustafson@bestprep.org or 763-233-6322.

Good luck!

Welcome to CollegeCrewMpls

Welcome — we’re glad you found us!

The transition from high school to college – and all the hard work it takes to get there—can feel pretty daunting. Our bloggers know exactly what that’s like.

CollegeCrewMpls is a project of the Minneapolis Alumni Connection, a group of young Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) alumni that is finding creative ways to give back to our schools and support current students as they prepare for college and careers.

Our new blog features the voices of 10 amazing MPS Class of 2014 graduates who are now first-year college students or taking a gap year before going on to school. They’ve lived through tons of college and financial aid applications, on-line research, campus visits and big decisions. And now they’re eager to share what they’ve learned with high school students who are exploring the same path. Each week we’ll feature their perspectives on life after high school and how they got there.

This is a great blog for high school students who are wondering what it’s like to be out in the real world. If you’re a student and you like what you read here, help spread the word by telling your friends about our blog. If you’re a parent, tell your kids about it. If you’re a supportive adult, share the blog with your family, friends and co-workers.

Moving on from high school is one of the biggest shifts in life, and hopefully we can help. Let’s learn from each other’s joys and mistakes. Let’s stand on each other’s shoulders.

Take some time to get to know our 10 bloggers below, and then stay tuned for their first college blog on Monday, September 22. Be sure to check back often to follow and learn from these students on their new journeys!