Advisory Group

Small Steps Go Places gives students who participate in our program the opportunity to develop leadership skills by joining the SSGP Advisory Group.  Our current group members are 

I’m a senior {University of Michigan} majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Crime & Justice. As a first-generation college student, the transition from a rural high school {350 students total} to UM {20,000} was intimidating to say the least. I went from knowing everyone’s name to having no idea who I was sharing a room with. I’d have never found myself with an amazing friend group and this exciting opportunity if I never forced myself out of my shell. My advice to my younger self is “don’t be afraid to try new things, you’re capable of succeeding at a large university.”

I’m a High School Junior {Stuyvesant High School NYC} . A challenge I’ve faced in my college application process is information and resource availability. I greatly value the potential takeaways because I’m confident about my engagement with the process if I have the right information. I’ve always had A passion for games with lots of strategy and role play, specifically board games and Dungeons and Dragons. A piece of advice I would give to my younger self is choose activities you enjoy so they don’t become a draining experience.

Hello, I’m Emma Brannigan I’m a junior at Saint Barnabas High School in the Bronx, New York. I’m a scholar athletes on the varsity basketball team and an honor student. Junior year can feel very rushed and stressful, and thankfully my senior friends have taken it upon themselves to guide me. With their help, I’ve realized it’s never to early to start preparing to go to college. This year has been challenging because we’ve had Hybrid or Virtual Classes. I feel that my school, as well as other high schools, should provide more face to face meetings with the students, even if they’re virtual. This would help juniors feel more prepared and less stressed with the college process. My major struggle with the college process was that I didn’t know when to start.  My guidance counselor encouraged me to register for open houses and my first SAT. My advice to my younger self is reach out to your guidance counselor at the beginning of your junior year, early communication with your guidance counselor will help you feel prepared in the long run.