Introduction

Overcoming College Prep Obstacles with Texas GEAR UP

A series of engaging college and career readiness videos—and corresponding lesson plans—for educators and middle-school and high-school students features real-life young adults sharing the lessons they learned on their path to a degree. Each video and lesson plan set offers a comprehensive and relatable look at college and career prep by sharing the journey of one of eight young adults who overcame various hurdles on their path to post-secondary success. You can find other college and career readiness resources, including videos, a career aptitude quiz, and even more at www.texasgearup.com.

Videos in this resource are best viewed using Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser. 

Selecting the Right College

For college junior Joseph, choosing the perfect school was about finding the perfect fit.

How I Got Here: Joseph—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Joseph—Educator Video

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Texas Education Agency

Handling the Unexpected

Young financial advisor Kevin teaches us how even at the zero hour, being resourceful can help pay for college.

How I Got Here: Kevin—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Kevin—Educator Video

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Texas Education Agency

Transferring Colleges

See how video-game producer Alex decided that transferring universities was the right move for him during his journey through college.

How I Got Here: Alex—Student Video

How I Got Here: Alex—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Alex—Educator Video

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Unlocking Opportunity Through College

Aspiring veterinarian Lemnique chose to go to college because it was the only way she would be able to accomplish her dreams.

How I Got Here: Lemnique—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Lemnique—Educator Video

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Texas Education Agency

Paying for College

Learn how college senior Angelica put in some serious effort to take the guesswork out of paying for her education.

How I Got Here: Angelica—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Angelica—Educator Video

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Overcoming Undocumented-Student Hurdles

Maria bravely doesn’t let her undocumented status prevent her from getting a college degree.

How I Got Here: Maria—Student Video

Videos in this resource are best viewed using Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser.

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Maria—Educator Video

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Texas Education Agency

Getting Ahead with AP

Robotics engineer Heriberto shows us how taking AP classes during high school can give you a major leg up on pursuing your dream.

How I Got Here: Heriberto—Student Video

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Heriberto—Educator Video

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Creating a Better Life Through College

Being raised in a migrant farm-working family gave Veronica all the motivation she needed to set her goals and go for them.

How I Got Here: Veronica—Student Video

Videos in this resource are best viewed using Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser.

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Texas Education Agency

How I Got Here: Veronica—Educator Video

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