University professor gives Chino High students advice on applying to college

Chino High students with questions about the college application

Dr. Begona Echeverria of the University of California, Riverside, speaks to Chino High students on Oct. 3 about college admission requirements.

Dr. Begona Echeverria of the University of California, Riverside, speaks to Chino High students on Oct. 3 about college admission requirements.

process recently received advice from Dr. Begona Echeverria, a University of California, Riverside professor.

Dr. Echeverria met in the school library on Oct. 3 with about 75 students from Diana Murillo’s Advanced Placement math classes. Dr. Echeverria gave advice on college essays and offered to give free feedback to students who emailed their essay drafts to her.

“She provided valuable insights into the admissions process and how (student) essays can make a difference in getting into our top colleges and universities,” Murillo said.

Dr. Echeverria also talked about misconceptions some students have about top colleges, and reminded students not to rule those schools out when applying for higher education.

“She attended Stanford University and spoke highly of the experience she had,” Murillo said. “She was not thinking of applying there until one of her teachers encouraged her. It changed her life.”

Dr. Echeverria volunteers every year to talk to Murillo’s students, the Chino High math teacher said.