Bottom Line has been one of the most pivotal decisions that I made in my academic career. The organization has not only allowed me to transition smoothly into higher education, but it has also provided me support throughout my college journey. I am indebted to their generosity and knowledge of the higher education process, and I sincerely do not believe I would have succeeded without their presence in my life. I recommend Bottom Line to anyone who is a first generation student, or even someone from an immigrant family who is unfamiliar with the American education system. Bottom Line is currently assisting my younger sister with her college career, and I could not be more assured that they will guide her to graduation. As of May 2015, I became the first one in my family (both maternal and paternal) to graduate from college. I am currently working at a well-renowned hospital institution, and hope to attain further schooling for a medical degree.
As the first member in my family to attend college, I found the application process extremely intimidating. My counselor, Sarah, walked me through the process, from selecting schools to prepping my applications. When I received my acceptance letter from Brown, Sarah fought hard for my financial aid package and made sure that finances would not hinder me from attending my dream school. She also connected me to the Hayden Foundation, which funded a large portion of my remaining tuition balance.
Most other students had parents who could guide them through the college process, assuage their fears, and help them make tough decisions. I had Sarah. (And I sincerely could not have done it without her.)
Bottom Line has truly been a wonderful support network. Their support and guidance doesn't end with college. As I was looking to transition into a new position, Jen would send me daily job listings she thought would be interesting to me. The level of commitment and dedication from the staff is just inspiring.
I really cannot speak any more highly of Bottom Line. They're the best!
Stephanie is really cool, she explains things thoroughly to me and when she has to rush through things she does it in a calm manner, which makes me think "I should do the same to not stress myself out on all this college application stuff” :D . Furthermore, she’s a good motivator and not too preppy which makes feel comfortable.
My counselor gave me the confidence to go to college. She worked with me step by step to make sure I applied to colleges that I would enjoy. I am forever grateful to this program.
Bottom Line is a wonderful program that helps low-income and first-generation college students with their college application process and financial aid application. The counselors were very patient and helpful. They helped me whenever I had questions. Without the additional help from Bottom Line, I would not be able to manage to finish my all applications.
Ray, my counselor has helped me conquer the common application and has helped me understand the college process a bit better.
I was neverous beyond compare about the college process and I really doubted tgat I would get into my number 1 school but with Bottomline's help, I recieved helpfull critiques on my college essays, scholarships, and the latest tricks and tips when ot cones to financial aid which was so great that I go to school for free! I love this program and I highly recommend it!
I am more than grateful to Bottom Line especially my amazing counselor, Emma. She is the best! She played an exceptional role during my college application process. I became part of Bottom Line during my junior year of high school and I think joining the organization is the most beneficial decision I have made so far in my life. My counselor was there throughout my roller coaster experience of applying to college, getting accepted and deciding on the college to attend. I don't know what i would have done with my life if Bottom Line doesn't exist. i can't to get to the point in my life when I can donate money to Bottom Line that would be used to help high school students like i was helped. Thanks to the founder and workers of the organization as a whole because without you all, Bottom Line wouldn't exist.
I became a student of Bottom Line during my junior year of high school. When I first joined, I was appointed a counselor who started to help me with the college application process. Bottom Line was able to waive the application costs and help me navigate the complex world of FAFSA. Till this day I have yet to complete FAFSA completely on my own thanks to my counselors Miriam and Tory. When the school decisions came in, my Bottom Line counselor and I had a meeting and compared the financial aid packages that were given to me by each school. It played a huge role in helping me decide what college to attend because she made the numbers make sense to me. She explained how many loans I would need from each school if I were to attend. After entering college, the counselor changed, but my new counselor helped me decided what classes to pick each semester and even helped me decide on a major. When the time came, he helped me apply for internships by editing my essays. I was able to get the internship and I spent my spring semester in Washington DC, interning at the Office of the Attorney General. However Bottom Line does not only help me with academic situations but also with other life struggles that I have faced. During my sophomore year of college I was faced with a case of identity theft where my brother used my SSN to take out credit cards and everything else that I was approved for. Although it was a difficult situation to get through, my Bottom Line counselor helped me contact the credit bureaus and got the situation solved. As a senior at Bridgewater State University and also as an intern at the Department of Revenue, I can honestly say that Bottom Line has contributed immensely to my college journey and has helped me get over the roadblocks that I have faced while in college.
I mean, what hasn't my college counselor, Stephanie, done for me? She's been awesome just being patient with me, explaining how this college process works, what I have to do, and working with me throughout this complex, and somewhat annoying process, and I really appreciate that. I also appreciate Deborah for introducing Bottom Line to me. I'd be totally lost without you guys. Thank you!