Our latest edition on Alumni Spotlight focuses on one of CAP’s ultimate shining stars, the supremely talented Courtney Logie. As a senior at Pasadena High School, Courtney saw a CAP flyer and decided to see what the program was all about. From day one Courtney bonded with CAP’s Director of Programs, Dr. Jessica Cobb, over their shared experiences as PHS students and first-generation pathfinders. The rest, as they say, is history: Courtney became a force at CAP, showing up nearly every week to work on her personal statements, fill out her FAFSA documents, research colleges, apply for scholarships, and promote the benefits of CAP to others. Courtney’s hard work and unbeatable drive paid off, and she is now a freshman at UC Riverside. Read on to find more about Courtney’s amazing journey, her thoughts on CAP, and her goals for the future:
CAP: Congrats on attending UCR! What are you majoring in? Why did you decide to attend UCR?
COURTNEY: Thank you so much! My major is Political Science. Originally I was going to attend a Cal State, but CAP helped me realize my potential and the potential of UCR, especially how it would benefit my future career. Jessica took me on a trip to the campus and I decided it was a perfect fit for me. The campus has great resources, great students and great faculty. If it wasn’t for Jessica, I would not be going to this school.
CAP: What is UCR like so far? What do you like best about your school? How is going to college different than being in high school?
COURTNEY: The best thing about UCR is the diversity. Most colleges just aren’t as diverse as this one. UCR is also very into helping students, which is a huge difference from high school. In high school you have the figureheads at ASB running things for the students, but it is not the same way here. At college, it is the students who are really running the show because we are experiencing it, we are paying to be here, and we are living the college lifestyle. Students just have so much more say in what we want to see on campus and what resources we need. Everyone here is free to choose how they want to pursue their dreams.
CAP: How did you become involved with CAP? How did you first hear about the program? How did CAP help you with applying to colleges?
COURTNEY: I first learned about CAP through campus flyers. I was walking around school one day around college application time, thinking about how I was going to apply. I knew PHS offered some specific programs for help with college applications, things like personal statement advice from teachers and workshops about colleges, but there wasn’t anything really individualized that I had heard of. One day I saw one of CAP’s yellow flyers saying that if you needed help, drop on by. I took the flyer and went to CAP’s program that very day. And that was the moment my entire life changed. I knew CAP was different when I walked in, because they made me feel really comfortable. That was really important since so much of a college application is learning how to talk honestly about yourself, your background, and your accomplishments. CAP wants you to feel comfortable talking about yourself in a positive way.
CAP encouraged me, gave me help writing my personal statements, and showed me how to fill out a FAFSA— every week I went they offered help on some different aspect of the college application process. CAP is really great because it shows first-generation students the tips they need for writing personal statements and filing out a FAFSA. First-generation students are blind to a lot of those things. We need role models to show us the way, and that is CAP. CAP is sort of like your big sister who has already applied and gone to college and is now back home, giving you the tools and advice you need to apply. I completely and 100% credit CAP with helping me go to UCR. At best I’d be a community college if it wasn’t for them.
CAP: We are glad we could help! What advice would you give a current senior applying to college? What areas of the application should they start working on right away?
COURTNEY: I would definitely say MAKE SURE YOU GO TO CAP! They will help you and guide you from October all the way to June, from applications all the way to accepting a college. Make sure you go and ask questions because they are there for you. Jessica and the other coordinators are really easy to relate with because they are first-generation too and they come from the same kind of backgrounds. The staff at CAP know exactly what you are going though, because they went through it themselves. Make sure you go, and don’t just go once. Go the whole year! You will need letters of recommendation for applications and college, and Mo and Jessica write the best letters of recommendation! Build relationships with the coordinators, they can help you a lot. And they don’t stop helping once you leave for college, either. I still call Jessica for advice about college, so make sure you build a relationship with the staff! There really is no reason not to, since you’ll never find this kind of advice for free. Most other places want to charge you to get your college questions answered, but not CAP. There really is no excuse for not using it.
CAP: We agree with that! What are your future goals and plans after college?
COURTNEY: So far I’m thinking about doing something with national security. I might double major in Political Science and International Affairs, and maybe try for a career with Homeland Security or the FBI. I also might want to go into law. I want to study abroad either this year or next year, and learn a new language and a new culture.
CAP: That sounds amazing! Good luck with everything Courtney, and we can’t wait to hear all about your future successes!
Courtney and Jessica at PHS graduation.