College Preparation & Planning

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Tour the college or university of your choice - without leaving home!

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Am I taking the right classes?

Do you know if you're on the right path to college or career? Find out with a few helpful tips.

What can I do to get prepared and ahead for college and career?

Whether you are in middle school or high school, there is so much you can do to get ahead and be prepared.

Don't Leave it Up to Chance

Don't miss the opportunity to learn everything you know about paying for college and applying for the FAFSA.

Does a degree equal higher pay?

Career exploration is vital when making decisions regarding your future. Now is the time to look at what you love to do, what you're passionate about, and how you can make a living. There's alot to think about!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Interested in attending A&M? Read the new AGGIEBOUND magazine!

Students are urged to start thinking about college before they even step foot into high school, and choosing the right path can be overwhelming. Visit and subscribe to the one-of-a-kind AGGIEBOUND magazine - a new publication created for all high school students!

Developed and produced by the Office of Admissions, all content is written by current students specifically for prospective students and their families.

Subscribers will be mailed two issues per year that cover topics including academics, university traditions, student life and more. With AGGIEBOUND magazine, you'll can get an inside look at Texas A&M and see for yourself why there is no better place to be. 

How to Succeed and Master the College Application Process

Begin exploring your tomorrow, today.

With a growing video library of over 3,000 videos, you can get advice on

how to succeed in high school, picking the right college, mastering the
college application process, and much, much more.

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Not sure how you're going to pay off those student loans?

AIE Provides Free Training Guide for Students

College is an exciting, important time for expanding your horizons and preparing for your career and life to come. On the financial front, earning a college degree is also one of the best investments out there.

As with all investments, however, college requires you to pay in up front in order to reap the benefits down the road. For most students, that means taking out student loans. While it's easy to take advantage now of money you won't have to repay until later, eventually those bills will start rolling in.

Here's where that time machine comes in handy. Learning about student loan repayment now can help you cruise into your future armed with knowledge, so you'll be ready when your payments come due.

To give you that tour of things to come, AIE provides a free online training guide called Six Things You Should Know About Repayment Plans. This short presentation teaches you the essentials of how student loan repayment works, including:

  • Where to find a complete list of your federal student loans
  • What the basic repayment plans are
  • How income-based repayment plans compare
  • How to apply for each plan
  • What to do if you have trouble making payments
Don't let the future take you by surprise! Check out Six Things You Should Know About Repayment Plans on AIE today.

Legislative Intern Position

Our Capitol office is pleased to announce that we will be hiring interns for summer and fall positions. If you know of anyone from District 133 who might be interested in an unpaid internship please have them send their resume with a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and in working at the Legislature to our Chief of Staff, Molly Quirk.

Working at the Capitol is a fun and rewarding experience and we are happy to work with the part time (15-20 hours a week) availability of college students in Austin.

Email at:

We are seeking individuals who can demonstrate the following skill set:
*Clear and concise written communication
*Ability to communicate effectively via telephone
*Willingness to work with constituents
*Strong organizational skills
*Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and social networking websites
*Clerical Tasks

Summer Application Deadline: May 1, 2014 Fall Application Deadline: August 1, 2014

Looking for SUMMER programs? Check out Summer U today!

Usummer is a free pre-college summer program directory built by Blueprint Summer Programs to help you find the best pre-college summer program for you.  Visit Usummer, Click Here.
Usummer's Spring Top 5
Converse College
 Why? Writer's program, internally run, cheap.
Savannah College of Art and Design
 Why? Location, length, focus.
Stonehill College
 Why? Great college near Boston, affordable, focus on college prep.
Wabash College
 Why? Great college, free, business focus.
Wagner College
 Why? Accrees to NYC, great class options, 3 academic options.

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Own the Dream - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Information Session

Own the Dream to Provide Informational Session on DACA

What:  Informational Session on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
When:  May 6, 2014  6:00-7:30 PM
Where:  Spring Woods Middle School Auditorium
9810 Neuens Rd
Houston, TX  77080

If you know of someone who may be eligible for employment authorization and entered the United States before the age of 16, tell them about this session.  It is free and will be offered at Spring Woods High School.  You are welcome to come also and learn more about DACA.

DACA Flyer

2014 Congressional Art Competition

The 2014 Congressional Art Competition has begun!

We are excited to announce this year's Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, an annual event that allows high school students from our region in Texas and across the country to showcase their artistic abilities.

Any high school student in Texas's Eighteenth Congressional District is welcome to submit his or her artwork to my office. The winner of the competition will win two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC.

In addition, the winner's artwork will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for a year. The Congressional Art Competition allows Houston to showcase the talents of our creative middle school and high school students in the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young artists to have their work hung in the U.S. Capitol for one year. All high schools in the district are encouraged to participate.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of art experts and community leaders. When the winning artist is chosen, his or her artwork is displayed in the U.S. Capitol. In June, Congress will host a reception in Washington for winners from across the country.

The winner will receive two round trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend the reception. Guidelines for the contest are attached to this email. Interested 9th - 12th grade students are encouraged to contact their principal, guidance counselor or art teacher.

Questions? Contact (713) 655-0050 for more information.

All entries must be received by April 28, 2014, and may be submitted at 1919 Smith Street Ste. 229 Houston, Texas.