It’s that time of the year again. Seniors are frantically applying for scholarships and finalizing their college choices.
By: Savanna Ott, Copy Editor
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of time ticking away. To all you seniors out there, if it hasn’t hit you already, it will soon, but your life, as a high school student, is almost over. As of now, we have approximately two months and 19 days until the day we graduate. If that strikes some fear into your heart, good. It should. You should also be pretty excited. But before you become too giddy about the idea of being free, you should consider how you’re going to pay for your freedom.
Mr. Murphy says, at this point in time, seniors should be finished with applications to colleges. They and their parents should be completing FAFSA, and students should be visiting his Scholarship Station page every day for updates.
“Scholarships are often where seniors fall extremely behind due to their busy schedules. I would hate to see these students miss out on free money,” Mr. Murphy says. (Seniors, listen up.) “Not only should they be visiting my scholarship page, they should be setting up profiles for other scholarship websites – most of which I have links to on my page.”
Mrs. Cascone explains how life after college will be if seniors don’t immediately start applying for scholarships.
“Picture how you are right now living with your parents. Do you like it? Because this is what your life will be like since you won’t be able to afford having your own place.”
Mrs. Cascone goes on to say that after college, many students move back in with their parents instead of finding their own place. In fact, the average age of people, when they finally move out of their parents’ house, is 27 years old. 27. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.
So if you don’t want to be in your 20’s, sleeping on your childhood bed, and being surrounded by high school relics, then I suggest you get a move on the scholarship process.
Senior Gabby Chirpich has already applied for several scholarships – the Elks scholarship, an engineering scholarship, and one of Mizzou’s biggest scholarship opportunities.
“Scholarships are really important to me. I don’t want to be in debt when I get out of college, and I want to be able to buy a house,” said Chirpich.
Besides working on scholarships, Chirpich is also looking for internships to gain more practical experience, another way to ensure that she won’t be rooming with her parents.
Mr. Murphy would like to remind seniors, “impending deadlines are forthcoming. The time to turn in ACT scores that can count towards scholarships is dwindling, so all you seniors need to be getting on that. As well, the FAFSA deadline is March 1, and that is a critical process.”
Mrs. Cascone urges seniors to, “enjoy your time here because it’ll be gone sooner than you think – and you’ll actually miss these people. Also enjoy your time as a teenager because you only have a couple more years and then you’ll be an adult. And you have forever to be an adult.”