Seniors and Freshman
Isn't it shocking that we are going to be seniors!? It just seemed like the other day I was a scared little freshman-haha! I recently have been going on a bunch of virtual tours to different colleges. It almost doesn’t seem real! Going on the college visits now is somewhat weird because these visits are only for me, and not for my older brothers who I used to tag along with. Since we are going to brave the unknown and be the rulers of our schools, I decided to ask my great friend Lauren some questions about her high school and college experiences.
What was your graduating year of high school and what year are you in college?
“I graduated from WSCA in 2019, and I am about to start my sophomore year at Cedarville University.”
How did you decide on your major and college to attend?
“I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I adored my elementary teachers and wanted to have that kind of effect on someone. I chose Cedarville mostly because my parents and all my aunts and uncles went there, but I absolutely love the Christian atmosphere and curriculum there. It’s become a second home to me.”
What is your favorite memory of your senior year?
“My two favorite parts of my senior year were the school musical (White Christmas) and our senior trip the week of graduation. I have so many fond memories from those events that I’ll carry with me forever.”
Was it hard making new friends in college?
“Not at all! True, I’m a naturally outgoing person, but I was surrounded by so many people and opportunities to meet people that it was almost impossible not to make friends immediately. My roommate and I became instant friends, which made that transition so much easier.”
Are college assignments harder than high school assignments?
“In high school, I had a very heavy and intense workload since I was trying to be valedictorian of my class. Because of this, my college workload seemed ridiculously easy. Also, college schedules are set up differently than high school. For example, during my first college semester, I only had classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Having a longer weekend also made my workload easier.”
In your opinion, is it worth all the money because of the debt that occurs?
“I believe college is totally worth it, even just to get the experience. Despite COVID cutting this school year short, this has been one of the greatest school years of my life! But yeah, it’s really expensive, so get a job!”
What are some smart ways that you have heard or done to reduce your student debt?
“Get a job! Work really hard in high school to get good grades to earn academic scholarships. Trust me, they help!”
What advice would you give to seniors in high school and getting ready for college?
“Visit colleges during your junior year, and apply to colleges during the summer and at the very start of senior year. This will allow you to focus on senior year and make college decisions in a timely manner. I was so glad that I was able to declare my college early on in my senior year so I could focus on my academics and making memories. And don’t forget to enjoy every moment of senior year! You’ll say you have senioritis and can’t wait for it to be over, but once you leave, you’ll miss it!”
I am so excited for the start of this new school year and what God has in store for us. Even if life is uncertain right now, I know that God’s plan is the best plan and He will guide me where I need to go. I actually heard the other day from a friend that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans-haha! After listening to Lauren, I am so stoked for my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college, to end something old and enter into something new. Thank you so much to Lauren for answering these questions, and I can't wait to see where God takes you next in the future!