Oh the Places You Could Go
By Natalie Joniec and Madison Brooks
Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed Nov. 3-7, 2014 Michigan College Application Week, and then President Barack Obama took it a step further by declaring November 2014 National College Application Month.
“We’re thrilled the White House and Michigan’s governor support our efforts to increase the number of students applying to college,” said Brandy Johnson, Executive Director of Michigan College Access Network. “This is the most crucial step on the pathway to college. At least 70 percent of all new jobs in Michigan will require at least an associate’s degree by 2020.”
Thurston High School celebrated College Application Week November 3-7 in so many big ways. Thanks to the counselors Ms. Proctor and Ms. Williams, Thurston seniors are buzzing about college. Many students dove into the idea of going to college by learning how to fill out applications, learning the ins and outs of financial aid and scholarships, and by simply becoming aware of what is required to continue education after high school.
“College is considered any education after high school and is all within your reach. If you need to go to community college first because of money or even your gpa, you still will have the chance to transfer to major universities if that is your dream,” said Ms. Proctor to a class full of seniors in English 12.
Applying is the first step and often the most difficult one. With the help of counselors, students have been applying much earlier than previous years. With so many higher education schools supporting the College Application Week, application fees that can average $30. are being waived.
The counselors met with all the seniors through their English classes and shared a wealth of information. Career Cruising, Big Future, and It’s MI Life are just a few of the websites that help students get ahold of what they want to do and find colleges that offer programs that match the student. It’s an exciting time for the students and the counselors sure help keep the stress at a minimum.
As a school, Thurston understands that getting into college and paying for college is a tough task. FAFSA helps give financial aid to students for college. This minimizes the costs and helps pave the way for college so it can be more affordable for the students. Plus, there are tons of scholarships available where students can earn money to go towards college.
Teachers got into the festivities of the week as well and partook in a door decorating contest that gave valuable information about a higher education institution. The school looks great and even underclassmen are thinking college. “Not College Material” is never used to describe a student. Every student can go to college and Thurston’s staff wants to make sure that they are available to help pave the way whether it is to a beauty school, trade school, community college, or a major university.
As seniors apply, they are given stickers and locker signs to announce it to the world. When they are accepted, the counselors go around and stamp their locker signs.
Senior Milek Mims got his acceptance to Baker College’s Culinary Arts Program.
“I am excited and relieved to know what I will be doing next year,” said Mimms.
There is still quite a bit Thurston’s seniors have to do. Applying to college tops the list but students need to be on top of their game to graduate. Students must pass their senior classes and make up what is missed, and with all of that close to done, seniors will be on their way to college. Go class of 2015!