Highschoolers receive college counseling from recent University of Virginia graduates

Two of the three college advisers in the area. Robin Yeh and Shanice Hardy. (Caren Pinto / WSET)

PITTSYLVANIA, Co. (WSET) - With the start of Senior Year, many high school seniors and their parents have one thing on their mind....College.

University of Virginia graduates are on the Southside helping some high schoolers chase their dreams. UVa has partnered with Americorp and the Elizabeth Stuart grant trust to bring three recent graduates to our area

Some seniors at Dan River High School are racing into their senior year. But it's where they'll be a year from now that's weighing heavy on them.

Madison Coleman said, "I was lost...and my mom was lost..and everyone that we tried talking to to help us...even the teachers around here were still lost."

Coleman will be a first generation college student. She applied early to Longwood and got in. She said it wouldn't have happened without Ms. Hardy.

"I was like Ms. Hardy I cant do this...this is too hard and she was like 'you got this, you know what you're doing' " added Coleman.

Shanice Hardy is a student adviser for about 400 kids this year. A first generation college student herself, she knows the ins and outs.

Hardy said, "Cause I know what its like when you're at home...and you don't have that parent there or aunt or uncle that can really help you with the college application process."

Hardy is on a mission to change lives.

"It really easy to get invested in these students and seeing them do well," explained Hardy.

Halcyeon Guy is hoping to attend the University of Richmond.

"She believes in me" said Guy, "and she always tries show me new things that I can do that will help me with getting into college."

College Decision day will be here before they know it.. and their biggest supporter will be there with them.. every step of the way.

Hardy said, "I'm really excited to see what these students do...but hopefully I just don't cry."

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