By Hayley Althoff
As senior year began this year for many among the Red Lion student body, questions have been raised about the topic of college. For some students it’s a way to achieve life goals, but others are not as prepared to leave high school.
Senior Cole Snyder has been accepted to West Virginia and West Chester University, “College is about the academics,” he says, “and achieving my life goals.”
Another senior Bryn Trout is content with the thought of leaving Red Lion. She has been accepted to Wilkes University and Lock Haven. “It’s good to know I have somewhere to go.” she said.
Some high school seniors have not yet been accepted, but have tips and tricks for making the application process easier. A lot of seniors agree that it is very necessary to visit colleges throughout your junior year. Seeing the college up close makes the decision making easier. Seniors Dylan North, Emily Ayre, and Charlie Flaharty all agree that underclassmen need to take the SAT’s and ACT’s early to ensure that you have time to retake them.
“Go to a college fair,” Josh Shermeyer added. “Take standardized tests in both your junior and senior year.”
Along with standardized tests, seniors encourage juniors to take challenging courses during their senior year that pertain to what they want to do in the future. “Explore your options.” senior Heidi Chapman said.
Remember that when application time comes, applying to more than one college is beneficial. All seniors have discussed that exploring their options is key when planning for the future. Most seniors say that applying to more than one college it not only ensures that you have more chances to get accepted, but it can also can provide a clearer picture to what college is willing to give you the best scholarships, grants, courses and a better overall atmosphere.
It is helpful to discuss your future with people in the field you are interested in. Knowing what occupation best fits you makes the experience of applying that much easier. When the application process begins it is important to stay truthful and start your college essays early, since it is better to have extra time to edit before you click submit.
Seniors throughout Red Lion are nervous, but also excited to start their college journey. Most remember the moment they clicked submit in their first application or received their first acceptance letter as being one of the best feelings they’ve ever had. College is yet another obstacle we have to conquer, but with the right tools it is possible to reach the finish line. Senior Jayla Tyson chimed in “Good luck in the future Red Lion.” Always remember along with high school, college is a time to shine and establish a successful future.
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