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For some students, applying to college can be a difficult process. But, they are getting a little help.

Preparing for college can sometimes be overwhelming.

"I don't really have a good list going so this is kind of my kick off I guess," said Griffin Cunningham who is a junior at Rice Memorial High School.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is giving high school students the jump start they need to prepare for the college application process with workshops at Saint Michael's College.

"They need to be thinking about their admissions essay, they need to be thinking about testing, they need to be thinking about what courses they're taking in high school and they're also thinking about how they're going to finance education," said Sabrina Haskell of VSAC.

VSAC expects about 800 parents and students to attend. One of the most popular workshops at Saturday's College Pathways event focused on the SAT's and ACT's.

"I just want to make sure that I'm prepared when I go into it and make sure that I come out with scores that I'm pleased with so I'm hoping that will help," said Emily Goodrich who is a sophomore at Essex High School.

"I'd say the SAT one is going to be pretty important too so I'm looking forward to that," Cunningham said.

Workshops at the one stop shop for all things Higher Ed also assisted students and parents with assessing the costs of college, getting organized and finding the right fit.

"It's awesome to see all these people here because they're all going through the same steps as me and I know everyone's feeling the same," said Alex Knakal, a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

"It really helps you put an overwhelming process into perspective, and where to go from point a to point b. It's been really helpful relieving some of that stress and anxiety," said Kelley Charland, a parent from Essex.

But for some parents, overcoming the anxiety of sending a child off isn't easy.

"She's a lot more nervous than I am. She's definitely having a hard time letting me go I guess," said Jordan Dumouchel. She is a junior at Essex High.

"I think he's pretty stressed out, maybe more than I am," Knakal said.

But with the assistance of checklists and college representatives, students and parents are on the right track.

"To them, its a big transition and they're looking to the next step and I think they're focused on that," Haskell said.

Focused on the future as parents and students prepare for college. College Pathways will be heading to Castleton in 2 weeks and then to Lyndon State in April.

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