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Summer of Success

Your Toolkit for College and Beyond

Join our summer series of videos, webinars and Q&As to learn everything you need to know to succeed before, during, and after your college journey.

To participate, just check this page each week for the links to all the new content! 


Week of June 22:

Why College?

Discover What a College Degree Can Do

If you’re a first-generation student who wants to attend college, financial security isn’t the only reason to attend. A college degree offers so many more advantages! This week, the 10,000 Degrees College Success team breaks down why a college education can be so valuable to you.

Toolkit includes:


  • The Importance & Value of a College Degree (video)
  • Our Favorite College Memories & Experiences (video)
  • Why College? The Advantages of Getting Your College Degree (video)

Week of June 29

Prepping for Fall

Steps to Successfully Start the Semester

Are you a rising senior or college freshmen? Learn everything you need to know and actions you can take during the summer to be successful when school begins in Fall. We’ll cover topics like financial aid, class registration, scholarship searches, and tips for connecting to on-campus support.

Toolkit includes:⁠

  • Part 1: Important things that every high school senior and incoming college freshmen should know (video)⁠
  • Part 2: Everything you need to know to get connected and engaged with your school, start making friends, and find the resources you need when you start college (video)⁠

Week of July 6

College Success Roadmap

Explore the Different College Systems & Requirements

Rising juniors and seniors: Do you have questions about applying to college? In our College Success Roadmap Toolkit, watch a series of videos that answer frequently asked questions, such as:

  • What are the A-G requirements?
  • Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?
  • What are the differences between UCs, CSUs, and community colleges?
  • Do personal statements matter?
  • How do I build a college list?

Then listen in or ask our 10,000 Degrees staff your questions about the college application process during a live Zoom Q&A on Wednesday, July 8th, from 11 am -12 pm!

Week of July 13

The Community College Pathway

How to Go from a CC to a 4-Year College

Week of July 20

Paying for College

How to Get Financial Aid, Grants & More

Week of July 27

Money Matters

Finances 101 & Budgeting for College

Week of August 3

Career Success

Jump Start & Pandemic-Proof Your Career

Week of August 10

Graduate School 101

Everything You Want to Know About Grad School

For more information, contact:

Alex Stern

Alex Stern
Program Director, North Bay
Phone: 415.451.4015
Email: astern (at)

Chris Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales
Program Director, New Markets
Phone: 951.807.1241
Email: cgonzales (at)

Scott BonDurant

Scott BonDurant
Program Director, College Success & Fellowship
Phone: 415.451.4011
Email: sbondurant (at)