Written By: Donovin Lindsay
It all started with a Zoom appointment.
During the height of the pandemic, I was on Zoom like so much of the world for a scheduled appointment with a prospective student at Penn State. The student was with his sister, a recent college graduate who admitted that she didn't have the best guidance when it came to preparing for college. We talked for maybe an hour about college and what he should know while looking at colleges. As we were talking, there weren't many questions, but there were a lot of them writing things down. Within the next couple of weeks, there were a few instances where I was either taking a phone call or a Zoom appointment where there were students and their families who were clueless about the college process and college in general. You don't know what you don't know.
Having this so heavily on my mind and being thanked so profusely by the families I was talking to about just general college information, I began to think about what's out there where high school students can go and get general college information. Where can they go and get information on what even to look at?
After searching… something clicked! Why not start something myself? I then began to think of who I would want on my dream team to help me begin this journey to help students begin their college journey and change the way students think about their college search, more so by putting their stressed minds at ease.
College Knowledge Group LLC. revolves around the concept of helping students and families, like those innocently clueless ones I've encountered all too many times. "You don't know, what you don't know" are the words since the beginning that have stuck with me and driven me forward each day as I've worked with my team to launch College Knowledge, and these are also the words that propel me forwards each time I work on something for College Knowledge. Putting students and their families in the know while alleviating the stresses and anxieties that come with the college search process is the vision I have and what I now work towards each day.
By using my own experience as a college student and higher education professional, in addition to utilizing the experiences of those in my vast network, I'm providing invaluable knowledge to those that need it the most.