Hillsborough student creates college guidance website

HILLSBOROUGH, CA — A junior from Crystal Springs Uplands High School in Hillsborough has started a website to help Latin American students who want to study in the United States.

TucanAyuda, founded by 16-year-old Shubham Mohole, offers specialized plans to help Latin American students design a 4-year plan to prepare themselves financially, logistically, and emotionally to study in the United States, regardless of socio-economic status. economic. The free website essentially acts as a virtual careers board and helps students find the programs and colleges they are interested in and find funding. Colleges will also be able to connect with interested students through the platform.

“These kids don’t have access to the best college admissions counselors or services,” Mohole said. “They don’t have the funds to invest in those either. So I’m giving it all to them for free. It’s about universalizing college counseling. You don’t just want the 1% of students to wealthier are the only ones who get the best advice from the college.”

Mohole was inspired to create the program after volunteering with Spanish-speaking students in Costa Rica on a school trip in 2019. He is currently going through the college admissions process himself and understands the importance of qualified guidance.

“The college admissions process isn’t about ‘how much money can I spend on it,’” he said. “It’s really about your planning and effort. If you use TucanAyuda, pursue your passion and work hard, you have a good chance of gaining admission into the university of your choice.”

Daniel L. Vasquez