Frenship seniors begin college applications

Frenship High School senior Morgan Green has applied to two colleges, but is currently hoping to attend Abilene Christian University.

It’s not too early for seniors, and even juniors, to begin the process of applying for college.

In fact, Kellie Kiker, senior counselor at Frenship High School, says even juniors should be already starting the process of researching colleges and using the two days allowed to them to miss school for college visits.

While seniors should be whittling down their choices over internet searches and through visits, junior students should be doing the same things, while preparing to take those entrance exams, Kiker said.

It may be too late for seniors who wish to attend large universities if they have not already started taking SAT and ACT tests.

“But they can always get into a small school and transfer later,” Kiker said. “Depending on where they want to go, they need to stop by and talk to me.”

The guidance counselor said the ACT and SAT tests are designed to be taken in the spring of the junior year. Students should focus on taking those tests once in the spring of their junior year and again early in the fall semester of their senior year.

“They (writers of the ACT and SAT tests) think you should have the academics by spring of your junior year to do well on it,” Kiker said.

For seniors, Kiker said many larger schools seem to have earlier deadlines for applying each year.

This year, Texas A&M has a deadline of Jan. 15, the University of Texas has a deadline of Dec. 1 and for those students interested in Harvard, the early action deadline is Nov. 1, while the regular decision deadline is Jan. 1.

“Students at this time, if they’re planning on going to a bigger university, they should apply by Thanksgiving,” Kiker said. “No Thanksgiving pie until you apply” is the slogan many schools have adopted, she said.

Sophomores, she said, should be taking the PSAT and PLAN tests, and taking the most challenging classes they can manage in order to boost their class standing.

“Students should always take the most challenging classes for them,” Kiker said.

Four Frenship seniors are at varying stages of the application process.

Morgan Green has whittled down her college choices to Texas Tech or Abilene Christian University.

“I sent both (applications) in last week,” she said. While she’s not sure about what her major will be, she said ACU is her top choice because it puts some distance between her and home, without being too far to come home.

The applications weren’t hard, she said, but they took a long time.

“I spread it out between two days,” Green said.

The longest part of the application was ordering a list of all of her extracurricular activities, she said. Since Green was involved in cheerleading, National Honor Society and FCA, among other activities, that took some time. In fact, she said she would advise underclassmen to start putting together a running list of extracurriculars now in order to make the application process easier.

Green also suggests that underclassmen consider where they might be attending school before taking dual credit courses.

For instance, she said a speech class she took for dual credit at FHS only counts at South Plains College. While it helped her GPA to take a dual credit college course, she said she may have to take a similar class again in college.

Another student, Emileigh Willems, said she has not decided where to go or what she will study once she gets there.

Instead, she is applying to several schools. Her applications to Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist University are complete, and applications to Texas Tech, University of Texas and the Colorado School of Mines are underway.

“I’m really indecisive, so it’s not helping,” Willems said.

The process of visiting colleges has helped her to cross at least one college off her list: after visiting Rice University last year, she decided not to apply there.

Senior football player Aaron Pool said he has not started his applications. He is planning to attend Texas Tech or South Plains College, he said, and might major in business management.

Another senior, Kaitlyn Kidd, said she’s not sure if she will be attending college or culinary school first. Because she enjoys cake decorating and baking, she said she would like to attend a culinary school.

“Culinary schools, I’ve definitely looked at,” she said, noting that she is considering such schools in Oregon, Minnesota, Chicago and Austin.

“More than likely, I’ll go to South Plains College,” she said, adding that she hopes to just get her basics out of the way first.

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