Seniors observe their college choices using their DLE laptops. Photo by Kennedy Lowery, Special to The Sword and Shield.

By Marquavius Henry-Jeter, News Writer

On November 4, Keenan hosted a College Application Day in the commons area for seniors who are heading to college when they graduate. Plenty of college admission officers from different universities came to visit the Keenan students to prepare them for the future goals they want to accomplish in college and in life.

“I think families are more concerned about their children with the right college and university; they perceive it will ensure the financial future of their children and family,” Mrs. Linda DeLaughter, guidance counselor, said.

Numerous seniors seem thrilled by their choices as they were speaking with the college admission officers and reading about the colleges they were most interested in. All of the college admission officers were very confident in themselves, making the students feel as if they had known them for a very long time.

“High school is mandatory, while college is voluntary; parents guide you in high school, and you must take care of your own responsibilities in college,” Senior De’Asia Rhone said.  “Classes are automatically arranged for you in high school, and you can arrange your own schedule in college.”

College admission officers explained to the seniors that they should really rely on how many scholarships they are granted based on need, excellence in academics or other areas, or a combination of both. Also, colleges accept seniors depending on their test scores to see the students’ strengths and weaknesses.

“To determine financial aid at many colleges…will often use test scores to determine the amount of scholarships and grants that a student will receive,” Senior Kaitlyn McCray said.

Some students were nervous about choosing colleges because they feared not being accepted by the university they decided to attend, so staff members and guidance counselors began assisting seniors on communicating with the college admission officers to spark up a conversation and select colleges carefully that would best fit their personalities and where the students would feel mostly comfortable.

“College admission officers look to the essay for evidence that a student can write well and support ideas with logical arguments, and also about the personality of the student,” Mrs. Sarah McLean-Hasinger, guidance counselor, said.

Most often, seniors would just want to attend colleges that are most talked about and popular in America, but they have to realize that colleges are not just going to handpick and accept them because universities rely on seniors’ grades and their averages.

“Universities choose students by their enthusiasm, personal statements in essays, and most importantly, students’ test scores and grade averages,” Ms. Dalphine Humphrey, Director of guidance counselor, said. “[It’s] very important because the scores range from 0 to 80 percent which determines the students majors on where they’re applying and to see if that certain student is ready for taking responsibilities in college.”

The event went well for everybody as expected, by letting seniors get a head start in applying for colleges when they graduate from high school, which seems like an educational thing to do for them. Although this event is always for the seniors, when the time comes it will be the freshmen, sophomores and juniors to become seniors and apply for colleges, too.