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Advising corps leads high school students toward college path
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— On the labyrinthine path to the American higher education dream, Alex Lucas holds hands and nudges nervous students through the roadblocks.

The 24-year-old graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill works as a college adviser at McMichael High School in rural Rockingham County, where about 70 percent of students are low-income and only a third of graduates ended up at a four-year university last year. Lucas is a one-woman crusader at McMichael, where she goes to any lengths to bombard students with a message that is new to many of them: You can go to college.

She plasters the hallways with student-made posters featuring North Carolina’s public and private colleges. She scribbles a parent’s phone number on her hand so that she can pester a student about a key deadline. Whenever one of her charges receives an acceptance letter, she proudly posts the student’s name and school on a little flag on the window of McMichael’s guidance suite.

On a recent day, she dashed from mock scholarship interviews to test prep sessions, with a running to-do list in her head.

“I need to get these students to believe that getting a college education is worth it to them and that the investment that they have to make – and the time and money – is worth it to them,” she explained. “And then I have to help them achieve it. It’s a two-step proc…………… continues on News & Observer

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