By Laura Revelt and Robin Green –
As the end of the year approaches, seniors are finalizing plans for the next year. Some will head for another two or four years of schooling at a college or university, others will go right into the workforce, but not all seniors are sure of their next step.
A common question heard at senior lunch tables and in the classroom is, “where are you going next year?”
Penn Manor seniors are all curious where everyone is headed, so we went around and found out. Here are results that were attained from seniors.
Scroll down to see the senior interviews.
Arcadia University (Glenside, PA)
The Art Institute of Pennsylvania (PA)
Bloomsburg University (Bloomsburg, PA)
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Boston University (Boston, MA)
Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC)
Consolidated School of Business (PA)
Cornell University (Ithica, NY)
Career & Technology Center (PA)
Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA)
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Eastern University (St. Davids, PA)
East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA)
Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA)
Connor Rowe Evan Singleton Emily Hutchinson
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD)
Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA)
Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
Harrisburg Area Community College (PA)
Hood College (Frederick, MD)
Brandon McCormick Jaq Presbery
Houghton College (Houghton, NY)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA)
Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA)
Lancaster General College (Lancaster, PA)
Lafayette College (Easton, PA)
Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA)
Mansfield University (Mansfield, PA)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Millersville University (Millersville, PA)
Mercyhurst Brown (Erie, PA)
Misericordia University (Dallas, PA)
Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA)
Ocean County College(Toms River, NJ)
Norwich University(Northfield, VT)
Penn State Harrisburg (Middletown, PA)
Penn State University (University Park, PA)
Penn State York (York, PA)
Pennsylvania Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences(Philadelphia, PA)
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (Lancaster, PA)
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA)
Pennsylvania Gunsmith School (Pittsburgh, PA)
Philadelphia University(Philadelphia, PA)
Pulse Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology (Downington, PA)
Robert Morris University (Moon Township, PA)
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (Shippensburg, PA)
Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, PA)
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Lancaster, PA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA)
University Of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Eric Clark Sophia Wushanley
University Of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
University of Rochester(Rochester, NY)
University Of Tampa (Tampa, Fl)
University Of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk, VA)
Washington College (Chestertown, MD)
Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, PA)
Widener University (Chester, PA)
York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA)
Eric Bear-Year off in Paris, France
Michael Keen- Air Force
Jeremiah Mazzur- Military/Army
Will Tomlinson- Military
Felix Yaliel- Move in with best friend and work
Jordan Lyons- Military/ Air Force
Lauren Ressler- Taking time off
Faith Walauskas- Year off
Ryan -Air Force
Jeff Ford- Army
Mike Stokes- Military
Taylor Smith- Air Force or School
*This is not the entire senior class. If you would like your name to be added to the list with your plan for next year, contact the Penn Points Staff (room 358 in Library) or Robin Green or Laura Revelt.
After reviewing the list we found some surprising statistics, trends and difficult decisions that were made. The most popular school seniors are attending next year is Harrisburg Area Community College or HACC. According to hacc.edu, HACC has six campuses in Pennsylvania including Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and Virtual. Of the senior class, at least 23 are going to HACC. The second most popular school is Millersville University, with 19 seniors planning to attend there. According to the poll only 22 seniors are going to attend college in another state.
Of course many of the schools that seniors are attending next year are very good schools, but we found some impressive statistics. Three seniors are going to Ivy League universities next year. Eric Clark, majoring in biological basis of behavior, and Sophia Wushanley are both attending the University of Pennsylvania and Ande Olson is going to Cornell University in the fall.
Olson will be majoring in engineering. He explained how he came to the decision to attend Cornell University.
“My grandfather went to Cornell and it’s a very prestigious school,” said Olson.
Olson and Clark talked of what they thought was required to be accepted at an Ivy League school.
“I definitely needed strong academics, community service and leadership,” said Olson.
“I had a diverse application,” said Clark.
Clark explained he is involved in academics of all subjects, sports, music, church, community service and that he had good SAT scores.
Clark also emphasized the fact that he only applied to the University of Pennsylvania, with early decision, and this allowed him to focus on it.
“I didn’t have to worry myself with back-up schools,” said Clark.
“I put a lot of time and hard work into the application process.”
According to Olson, after he narrowed down his college options to two universities, he chose Cornell through long discussions with his parents.
“It’s probably a better choice for me.”
Clark on the other hand knew he wanted to go to the University of Pennsylvania from the start.
“They’re a good school,” said Clark.
Clark also said that he loves Philadelphia and that it’s a good city location and listed Penn’s multiple clubs, facilities, tennis courts and, not to mention, his girlfriend goes there, as positive aspects of the University of Pennsylvania.
Besides the struggle to balance difficult high school classes, work, sports and staying active in clubs, prospective college students have to face decisions that can take them far away from their family, friends and significant other. College can make or break relationships.
Penn Manor seniors who are now separating next year are the Fletcher sisters. Morgan and Natasha, twins, have been together for over 18 years, since before birth, but come August, Morgan will be attending Lehigh University, enrolled in the business college, and Natasha will be majoring in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. Morgan will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Natasha in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Every day I get asked- you guys are separating?” Morgan said.
The Fletchers expressed the pros and cons of being apart next year.
“I think it’s time that we separate and get our own identities,” said Morgan. “We need some independence (from each other) because we never had it before.”
Natasha listed a few positive aspects as, “Freedom, individualism and we’ll be able to find our own friends.”
“We’re not going to have to help people tell us apart. We won’t have that awkwardness in the beginning of meeting people.”
Morgan applied to nine schools and Natasha applied to six, but they both only applied to one school that was the same. Morgan explained their parents hoped they would go to the same college but that she had doubts from the start of the application process that they would go to that one school they both applied to.
“They understand we have different interests,” said Natasha.
“It’s bad because we will miss each other, because we’ve never been apart,” said Morgan.
Natasha said, “We are getting separated, so that’ll be an adjustment.”
Natasha mentioned other cons of attending different colleges such as not talking or seeing each other everyday, which is what they are so used to.
“We know other twins that said it was extremely hard,”said Morgan
Morgan talked of family friends that are twins who cried their first month apart.
“Then I think they were happy in the long run,” said Morgan. “It was a bittersweet situation for them.”
“I think it will be the same experience for us but not as extreme.”
On the flip side some friendships will be continued as seniors attend the same university next year. Lars Andersen and Alec O’Rourke are both going to Franklin & Marshall College, informally known as F&M, here in Lancaster.
“This was not planned out,” said Andersen.
O’Rourke applied to 6-8 schools and Andersen applied to seven.
Andersen said, “Somehow we both ended up at F&M.
Andersen will be majoring in finance or premed and O’Rourke is undecided.
One word Andersen used for describing his feelings of the two of them going to the same college in the fall was, “apprehensive.”
A con they both expressed of going to F&M is how close it is to home.
“It sucks that its five minutes away from my house,” said O’Rourke.
“We can’t escape the greater Lancaster area, bu that’s also a pro because we already know our way around town,” said Andersen.
Other pros they mentioned were the dorms and that they both have already studied at the school. O’Rourke took two classes and Andersen took one.
“I’m glad our dorm is not a broom closet,” said O’Rourke.
“We’re not going to be in every class together,” said Andersen.
For the most part the two seemed happy to be attending the same school next year and mentioned the conicidence that they will be graduating from high school on the F&M campus.
A senior with unique plans next year is Eric Bear. Bear will be spending the fall semester of 2011 in Paris, France.
“I will be staying with a host family in the seventh district of Paris. I will be studying French Language and Literature at La Sorbonne-Paris, France,” said Bear.
Bear explained that he will be learning French and the culture while there, but he will also be teaching English to French-speaking children in the schools of Paris because of his five years of experience with the French language.
“While I am there I will also be traveling all over France and throughout Europe receiving private tours and sightseeing through the program along with various trips with my home stay family,” added Bear.
The trip is through the CIEE Study Abroad Program: Gap Year. Bear found out about it from Maureen Klingaman, a French teacher here at Penn Manor.
“It seemed like this came my way at the perfect time, and it was just what I needed. The criteria they requested was that the student was a senior taking off a semester in the fall, speaks french, and is a global citizen,” said Bear.
Bear met the criteria because of his years of French and his involvement in Serteen, Boy Scouts, experience with a photography company and his internship at LG Electronics Mobile Communications.
Bear expressed his excitement to go on the trip and what a opportunity it is.
“Usually most students do not study abroad until their junior or senior year (of college), and for me to be able to do this before my freshman year is pretty amazing,” said Bear.
Besides passport and student visa fees, Bear does not have to pay for the trip. He leaves in September 2011 and will return December 2011. He then will attend New York University in the Spring of 2012, double- majoring in International Marketing and Fashion Merchandising with a minor in French.
To all seniors, good luck next year as you carry out your plans and accomplish your goals!