College-State-of-Mind

How the college fair inspired a spur of college conversations

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Medina Valley juniors around Prescott University’s college fair table. Having to start applying to colleges by the end of the year, these students are focused and ready to take in as much as they can.

Aya Kasim, Staff Writer

On Monday, October 28, MVHS hosted their annual college fair, inviting all sophomores, juniors, and seniors to the event. The ordeal quickly became a matter of choice as students wandered between the many tables: “ Which college? Which major? What to do!?”

“[The college fair] opened my eyes,” junior Roxanna Mireles said. “It showed me how close everything is.”

For some students, it is their interests that will guide them to the right college. Ranging from business and criminology to education and mathematics, students plan to pursue a variety of career paths.

“ plan to attend A&M, because they have a good criminology program,” sophomore Hannah Huron said. “Criminology is very inspirational to me; you get find what’s wrong, solve it, and help people along the way.”

For others, it is their choice in college that ultimately matters. College scholarships, locations, and benefits seem to be what students consider defining factors of life after high school.

“I want to go to A&M Corpus Cristi, because the beach would be right there,” sophomore Morgan Henrich said. “I love the water so, when I’m stressed, I can just go to the beach to relax.”

These choices, though painstakingly deliberated by some students, are still mysteries for many others. As high school infamously goes quickly by, students begin to realize the lessening time they have left.

“Hearing about the college fair was a shock back to reality,” freshman Archer Campos said. “I don’t really think about these things;I guess I will when it matters.”

The burden of these choices really hits once a student becomes junior or senior. When tasked with applying to colleges as well as several scholarships, students see their decisions become realities in the distance.

To provide some aid to students during this distressing time, teacher, Brandy White, uses the last two weeks of her Dual Credit English class to help students with their applications.

“When we finish the college course, we still have two weeks left of the high school year.” White said, “So, we thought, why not do something beneficial for the students.”

The choices we make today will define our tomorrows; however, what is to stop us from making better choices later on? As students trail their own paths, discover uncharted territory, and create their own tangible future, all one can do is offer these people advise:

“Look for something you enjoy,” Mireles said. “School puts so much pressure on students to decide, but don’t rush it.”

“Go with your gut instinct,” senior Malori James said. “Don’t wait too long because time is passing fast.”

“Do not be afraid of the money, because I’ve had students go to a four year college and community college for the same cost all because of scholarships,” White said.

A variety of scholarships students can apply for can be found outside of rooms 122, 116, 105, and 107. Even more can be utilized on websites such as unigo.com and fastweb.com. Good luck, students, on your dazzling future ahead!