Avery Olson: Of course not. Am I ever actually “on top” of anything? In the end it will be okay, and I will have things worked out and smoothed over. But in the meantime my college preparation is a messy mountain of potential and procrastination. I work my butt off but somehow, it’s never enough. Essays, scholarships, and early applications.. Oh my. The never ending work and perfect student standards role I am pressured to meet is hard to fill in the life of a busy, and lazy teenager. Once I’m sitting in my dorm eating Ramen Noodles, I’ll know I have finally made it.
Pablo Orta: I would really like to say that I am on track with all of my college deadlines and that I’m flying through college applications and getting scholarships left and right but in all honesty, I just found out this morning that today is the early action deadline. I guess I’m not truly behind since most final deadlines are still a few weeks away but I’m still not where I thought I would be or where I would like to be. I seriously need to get my butt to work because if I keep putting things off, there’s no way I’m going to be attending college next year.
Kyra Welker: On top of my college deadlines? Sure. Am I where my school counselor thinks I should be? No. I missed two early action deadlines for colleges I could have and probably should have just applied to. I definitely did not end up apply to the three scholarships that I was hounded about for weeks either. It might seem as if I’m slacking, but I think that being accepted into one university by this time of the year is progress, and for now it’s good enough for me!
Gosh, I wish I was. Senior year is flying by, and it will only get harder because basketball season is starting. I really wish I knew where and when I was going, but I don’t. I’m not even close to being ready for school. I had the epiphany today about what I actually want to do. Yeah I am behind, but am I? It’s not like I’m totally bailing on college to live in the basement and play Call of Duty while drinking Mountain Dew until I’m 36. Things will fall into place, and everything will be okay.
Kayhi hosted over 50 schools Wednesday at the College Fair. The goal was for students to help educate students about the wide variety of college options there are as well as which colleges offer what. From Eastern Washington University to the U.S. Military, the college fair had it all. Senior Kinani Halvorsen said she valued the experience. “I’ve known where I wanted to go for a few months already, but the college fair has definitely given me a better perspective on college as a whole and I’ve also decided on my second choice because of the college fair,” she said. The University of Montana has been coming to the college fair here at Kayhi for 11 years. The school has seen a huge increase in Alaskan students enrolling in their school throughout this time. “Our school is relatable for kids from Alaska because our campus is in a small town, and it’s very outdoors oriented,” said UM representative Martha Johnson. “It offers a smooth, easy transition for kids coming from small town Alaska.” The representative for the University of Colorado Mesa agreed that the fair is very useful for colleges to gain the attention of Alaskan students. “The college fair is a great tool for us to recruit kids from Alaska, we actually enrolled 12 kids last year just from this college fair,” said representative Dave Hernandez. “Kids don’t necessarily make up their mind at a college fair,” said Washington State representative Juan Corona. “It’s more of a tool for kids to use in order to compile a list of schools that they’re interested in, and go from there.”
Kyra Welker: College. It will make me go broke, but it will be so worth it. I will have the freedom and independence to ruin my life at a faster pace than I was previously able to in high school, what could be better than that? But in all seriousness I am ready to figure out what I want to do with my life and hopefully gain more knowledge throughout the process.
Mey Tuinei: I’m definitely not looking forward to having the power of choice and making decisions for myself. I want a menu with only one item on it, not 54, because of my chronic case of indecisiveness. How do I know whether or not I’m going down the right route for me? Scared, yes, but I’m all the more excited to find out.
Pablo Orta: I really hope that my bilingual-ness will help me pay for college because I do not want to be thousands of dollars in debt right after high school. What I hope to get from college is experience new points of view that will help me grow as a person and guide me towards being who I am meant to be. I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed and hope that college will help me achieve my plans for the future or else that’ll be a lot of money going down the drain.
Jacob Smith: Not going to lie, the thing I am looking forward to is athletics in college. Going to a college and being a part of a program will make life easier. I am scared of the financial side of things. I have a way to pay for it, but being on my own and not spending it on everything I have ever wanted will be hard. I also think me leaving campus to travel around the state/country would also be a problem. Honestly, the freedom is what I am excited for, and what I am most afraid of.