For many seniors, the idea of where one will be next year is a daunting thought. The Rampart staff talked with current seniors who attempted to answer these questions.
As senior year rolls around many people are faced with a big question: “What are your plans after high school?”. This question can be tough for some, but very easy for others to answer. Some know exactly what they want to do and have their life planned out in front of them before they have started college. There are also people who have a huge list of colleges they are applying to and not a clue where they want to go or what they want to do. It is interesting to see people’s mindsets going into a big decision such as choosing a college and ultimately their career path.
Ronan Dooney has an idea of what he wants to do after high school and has a good foundation for choosing which college will be best for him. He hopes to take his lacrosse talents to the next level which means sports will have an influence on his choice of college. When asked if he would consider attending a smaller school in order to pursue his goal of playing college lacrosse, he replied, “Yes I would, I have highly considered that and as of right now my two highest options are smaller schools”. The debate between private or public university is one that comes up in the process of deciding where one wants to go to college. Dooney would prefer to attend a private university, although he is not opposed to public school as it is more cost effective, “money is probably a much bigger factor…”. Regarding the amount of time it will take to graduate, Dooney knows he will most likely be able to graduate in four years. He says “I could definitely see myself trying to earn a masters in something and going to school for a couple more years, but right now it is not the main plan that I have.”
Dooney’s main focus is making the right choice for him and going to a place that he fits in and connects with. He is applying to eight different colleges so stay tuned for next semester see where he lands.
Another student, Trey Flowers, discussed what he wants out of college and takes us through his deciding factors. Trey wants to attend a public school rather than private saying, “I don’t want to go to another private school” as he has gone to throughout his past. Trey would like to attend a medium sized school where he will not be one of hundreds per class but he does not want a super small school either. Though Trey does not know exactly what he wants to do in college, he has a good idea in his mind saying “something along the lines of business”. Trey is applying to around five or six colleges and his number one choice right now is University of Hawaii Manoa.
Hannah White’s college application list is anything but ordinary as she plans on applying to majority international schools. Not able to afford private college, and unable to qualify for financial aid, White turned to international universities for the financial security she desired. “Private universities in the U.S. are too expensive,” she states, “the schools I’m applying to are American universities, just located across the globe with a cheaper price tag.” The Richmond International School of America in London and The International Christian University in Tokyo, to name a couple, offer White the four-year, private school experience with a decreased tuition. However, White states, “I am definitely nervous for problems to arise during this application process.” For many students the unfamiliarity of applications, forms, and requirements can cause bumps in the road for the college process. Furthermore, White is confident that she will be attending at international school next fall.
Deciding on a college appears to be very scary and seniors will often be worried that they do not have a set idea in their mind when in reality, most people do not. There is time to figure all that out down the road. Right now it is all about finding what works best for each individual after college. Whether it be attending a four year university, private or public, going to community college, or taking a break from school and doing something else.
By: Holden Ziels Julia Nicolls