Accessive is proud to have led rising college students to success over years of operation. Below are just a few of the tenacious individuals we have had the privilege to guide and nurture towards their true potential.
Leandro Lopez saw his higher education somewhat differently than the average college-bound student. His idea of academic success centered less around academics themselves and more around everyday student life—a life spent interacting daily with the best and brightest of the current generation, always imbibing and contributing to the the great collective knowledge of human civilization. Leandro's ultimate goal was to ensure his personal growth by immersing himself in college's intellectual environment, learning as much as he could from the "outrageously smart" aspiring young professionals around him. His problem, however, was that his goal was as inspiring as it was overwhelming; he "knew absolutely nothing as to what it took" to successfully apply to college, much less to reach a prestigious institution. Right up until his participation in the Accessive Scholars Program, Leandro doubted his ability to earn admission into the top schools he envisioned himself attending.
Fortunately for Leandro, Accessive is no stranger to situations like his, resulting in his pairing with mentor Anna Lenaker. With tips ranging from proper room decor to personal statement etiquette, Anna worked with Leandro to pour his heart out onto his application, navigating through writer's block and tricky submission guidelines to land Leandro a spot at Carnegie Mellon University. Now free to learn from intellectuals to his heart's content, Leandro plans to add his own contributions through studying computer science, while keeping up with Anna and her foreign studies at the University of Oxford.
Growing up, Kelechi Offor was always surrounded by younger siblings and cousins. A lifetime surrounded by small children in need of attention instilled in her "a real love for children", and consequently a genuine interest in pediatrics and neonatology. As such, she had her eyes set on becoming a well-educated doctor through Tufts University's premedical programs. Coupled with her activities in her school's Science and Math National Honor Societies and her stint as president of her local Girls Get IT branch, she was all set on making a difference for children in the years to come. But, she had major hurdles to overcome first; namely, her status as a first-generation college student. As the first in her family to attend a higher institution, Kelechi had no access to the necessary information on how to complete an application, particularly on the financial branch of the process: applying for aid, obtaining and completing tax forms, and financing her education on a single-parent income. As she began her participation in the Accessive Scholars Program, Kelechi was cautiously optimistic, asking herself, "how can I go to my dream school if I can't pay for it?".
Kelechi would soon find her participation in the program well-worth her time and effort. With Kelechi as the first student assigned to mentor Julia Petrini, the two of them quickly developed a strong bond that led to Kelechi to understand all sorts of information necessary for her college application—even some that she had not considered yet. Through Julia's guidance, Kelechi learned of the importance of having an extensive, yet reasonable list of potential schools, just to be safe; the need to have a friend close by to ease the stressful application process, for which Julia also helpfully stepped up; students' ability to freely change their major at their leisure, a significant relief for a young woman embarking on long-term medical studies; that it was perfectly acceptable to hammer out a personal statement over several draft, eventually letting herself and her mentor learn more about herself and "really enjoying what she did turn in"; and, of course, everything she needed to know about completing her financial statements. Thanks to her perseverance and Julia's wisdom, Kelechi went far beyond her expected goals. For not only did she earn admittance to Tufts, but to an impressive laundry list of institutions: the University of Miami, University of Florida, Northeastern University, University of Central Florida, and waitlist spots on Duke and Emory Universities. Having successfully beat the odds and landed exactly where she aimed for all along, Kelechi is now well on the way to serve in tomorrow's medical field—with years of family experience to match.