Offbeat Advising facilitates peer mentorship by connecting high school students to current college students who have recently been through the college application and decision process. College students provide direct, genuine insight that websites and statistics cannot.
The current crisis has closed many college campuses, converting tours and information sessions remote. Now more than ever, there is a gap in accessibility when it comes to information about college. Offbeat Advising seeks to alleviate this by facilitating peer mentorship, providing specific and direct advice at a low cost.
To us, the crisis illuminated an ongoing issue: not all students have access to the same resources regarding college applications, and for an investment as important as college, we feel that affordable and relevant advice should be made available.
As students ourselves, we know how confusing and taxing the college application and decision processes are. Offbeat connects students with college mentors who can relate to their experience, and who have specific knowledge about their respective colleges that consultants and online statistics simply cannot provide.
ABC-7 news segment on our work with students making college decisions amidst the pandemic.
We're two students at UCLA who are passionate about bringing people together. Two years ago, we went through the strenuous college application process ourselves. This past March, when universities closed as students were making their college decisions, we noticed our high school friends panicking. It illuminated to us the greater problem of inaccessibility in this process. Supported by our talented network of mentors across California universities, we started Offbeat Advising, a college mentorship service made by students for students.
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