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Journal Writing Project - Seniors

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Senior year may seem all fun and games, but it isn't. Seniors have more than just the usual classes and sports to keep them busy. The seniors have the big question: What are your plans for next year? I have had this question asked to me repeatedly. Do I work? Do I go to college? What do I major in? My mind has already been made up, but for others this is the hardest question they have ever been asked. Some may choose to work close to home, others may choose a college or university miles away. Now if choosing the work path, one must fill out job applications. On the other hand, one who is going to college must find the time to fill out several applications.

While most applications were due December 15th, not all of them were. Each college has its own deadline. Then there is the waiting process, which to me seemed the worst. I couldn't wait to receive my letter in the mail. Then, when I received it, my heart dropped. I always heard a big envelope is a guaranteed acceptance and too bad for the one with a small envelope. I went to pick up the mail and didn't see a big envelope. I just handed the mail over to my mom. She then handed me a small envelope that was from Winona State University. I received a small envelope? How could this be? I opened it and the letter said, "Dear Jessica: Welcome to Winona State University! I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted..." That means, seniors, don't worry if it is a little envelope or a big envelope, there can still be an acceptance in there!

After getting accepted to one or several colleges, you must make a choice on if you want to go to that college. Then, the next question is, where should I live? Should I live in the dorms, rent an apartment, or do I live close enough to just stay at home? That question won't take too long to answer. If choosing to live in the dorms, there is a housing application which usually entails a deposit. If an apartment is the way to go, finding the apartment, making a deposit and most likely finding roommates would be the smart way. Also, if you are just going to live at home, then you should probably okay that with your parents. They might have had other plans for you, but hopefully not!

Seniors, make sure you start figuring out your plans because colleges fill up fast and so do places to live. I wish the Class of 2011 the best of luck!

Jess Lawler is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

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