Many students don’t want to go to college, but a recent survey shows that 24 out of 42 Elkin High School students want to go straight to a university after high school. They choose schools such as Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, Duke University, University of North Carolina, and many others.
Most colleges want the best and there’s plenty of competition when applying, but Elkin High School prepares students to be the best. Teachers and advisers encourage students to get involved in their school and community. An effective way to do both is to join school-based clubs.
“It doesn’t matter which club you join as long as you show you are very involved. Specifically, we have a college ambassadors club… that is an option for a student to learn more about college,” said Jailen Wallis, Elkin High School’s college adviser.
Another way to increase acceptance chances is to stand out in the crowd by pursuing individual interests. “Every school is different, but definitely the large public institutions are going to want to look for unique things about a student because they have so many applicants each year,” stated Wallis.
Some students don’t know what college they want to attend or are open for options. Elkin High School provides college tours for students to help with that decision. Senior Laken Bryant said, “I have taken three college tours so far and I plan on taking a few more.”
Tours also are taken of Surry Community College since community colleges offer associate degrees and can help save money if the student transfers to a university later on.
Choosing a college can be based on a student’s academic preparations, test scores, and programs of study offered, but the most important goal is gaining some training after high school to increase lifetime earnings.
Alley Doub, Elena Wilson, Katie Campbell and Lilliannah Harrison are members of the Elkin High School Honors English I class.