News 12 This Morning/Thursday Oct. 3, 2013
(WRDW)--"I'm feeling excited. I can't wait to get in that college feel and just be on my own, more independent," said Darius Washington.
But even though Washington's in his senior year at Silver Bluff High School, he's got a long way to go before he can get into the college feel, which is why he signed up for College Application Day.
"The seniors who have not applied yet to college are allowed to come into the library and go online and do the application with us four guidance counselors helping," said Kathy Neal, guidance director at Silver Bluff High.
Faculty and teachers have been wearing buttons that read "ask me where I went to college" since the start of the school year to promote the initiative.
Neal says their main goal is helping the students apply early.
"Some of our students don't have internet at home," she explained. "And, of course, 90, 95 percent of colleges do it online now so we're giving them the opportunity to get online and do it.
With so many colleges and universities using online applications, it's an idea that other schools and even parents can use--grouping seniors together so that they can fill out their applications together.
"And then it might not be so overwhelming trying to do it by yourself," said Neal. "And, if you ask a question, someone else in the group may know instead of putting down the wrong answer because you're not sure."
Neal says there's one major advantage to starting applications so early.
"We're trying to do it early so that we can get them accepted and then get started on scholarships instead of scrambling at the end trying to get it done," she said.
Motivation that's driving Washington's early applications.
"I'm trying to go on a baseball scholarship," Washington said. "Then, it'll take off all the pressure off me later on and then I don't have to worry about not finishing and get no scholarships."
The school also had a couple of college admissions representatives in to help students and, if parents or seniors organize their own College Application Day--try reaching out to college your students are interested in and asking an admissions person to come help with yours.
Silver Bluff used state resource SC CAN GO to help students stay organized. Just click on the link below to check it out.
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