PHOENIX - For students, the years leading up to college can be filled with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty.
“It's stressful,” said Kearly Ortiz, who will be graduating at the end of this school year.
“You have to figure out what you want to do and how you’re going to get there,” she said.
Navigating all the options got a little easier for hundreds of students Sunday morning in downtown Phoenix thanks to the Be a Leader Foundation and its Taking Steps Towards College Success event.
“I think the biggest question is the process. They have dreams but may not know what they want to do yet, what they want to study,” said Melissa Trujillo, the president of the foundation.
The event brings together various organizations, universities and non-profits to help give students and parents answers to the many questions they may have regarding college and how to pay for it.
“The nitty gritty, like how to fill out college applications, how to fill out scholarship applications, how do I even apply to college,” Trujillo said.
While some students who attended the event are in their final year of high school, others still have a few years left but wanted to make sure they're as prepared as possible.
“This is a good opportunity to find a path for you,” said Nayeli Rojas, who is a freshman in high school.
“It can be scary, and you’re nervous at first, but it's going to pay off,” she said, “all that work.”
For more information on the Be a Leader Foundation follow this link.