Connor, Dodge College of Film and Media Studies, Class of 2023

What Where your goals in working with Hughes College prep and were they met?

My goals were to get into a film school that I was happy about and to get scholarships to help pay. Yes! My goals were all accomplished!

What was most helpful about working with Hughes College Prep?

The most helpful thing was when I had to write my main college essay numerous times because I actually did learn new stuff about myself and now I understand my place in the world more than I used to.

What was the biggest surprise, good or bad, about the admissions process in general?

The biggest surprise was that the SATs and ACT were a lot harder for me to work with and improve my score.

Were you accepted to one of your top three school choices (undergrad or grad school)

YES!! My #1!

Did you feel supported by Hughes College Prep during the admission process? If so, how?

Yes I did. Even though I applied to some reach schools, Chenoa was always supportive and realistic and helped with logistics. I appreciated it so much because I never would have thought I could have gotten in after seeing some of Dodge’s numbers, but I did!

What surprised you most about working with Hughes College Prep?

I was surprised on how quickly I got a reply to a question. It could literally be 9 at night or 9 in the morning and I would always get an answer or a reply that was well thought through.

Are there any aspects of your time with Hughes that stick out as having carried through to other elements of your life, beyond college admissions, such as college, jobs, etc.? 

I know how to navigate docs, sheets, and other websites better, and I am sure that once I get into the ‘real’ world I will see more of what Hughes helped me with in my life.

What is one bit of advice you would give to parents of college-bound students? 

I want them to know that it’s okay if their kid did not do well on the SAT or ACT because it’s NOT a measure of character, skills, or even how smart you are.

What is one bit of advice you would give to the students themselves?

High school flies by and you don’t realize it because you’re having the worst and best time of your life so far, but, you have to focus on the present just as much as the future. Today matters and so does your future. Trust Hughes. Trust yourself. Do NOT trust your ACT score or SAT score because they do not reflect you. Anything is possible.