Ask a Jag: College

by Katie Barton | news editor

Applying to college can be scary. Did you apply to enough places? When should you apply? What should you think about before you apply? Is your dream school a realistic choice?

College is a big decision, and it can impact you for the rest of your life. So how do you make sure you make the right choice?

What is your dream school?

“My dream school would be UT or maybe even UCLA, but I can’t afford to go there.” -Averie Lehman, 12

“Probably UT Austin at this point or Harvard, but mostly UT Austin.” -Morgana Yard, 12

When should you apply?

“Honestly early, just do it as early as you can. That’s probably the best thing that’s going to help you.” -Morgana Yard, 12 

“I applied in August, I think the earlier the better, because you don’t have to worry about it, you get it out of the way.” -Averie Lehman, 12 

How many places should you apply?

“All the different colleges that I applied to had different things that I wanted. So, I applied to all the ones that had something that I wanted to do, or like the location or the weather or whatever it was.” -Amaya Hooks, 12

What is your opinion on gap years?

“Honestly, I don’t think I could personally do it because I don’t think I would have the motivation to go back to school after not doing anything.” -Amaya Hooks, 12

“I didn’t consider taking one, but I understand why people do, because it gives you an extra year or two. You know maybe make the money or even experiences. I think it’s a good idea for some people.” -Averie Lehman, 12 

Is college Necessary?

“Go to a trade school, don’t waste your money. College is a waste of money.” -Morgana Yard, 12 

“I think it really depends on what you want to do with your career in the future.” -Amaya Hooks, 12

“I don’t think it’s necessary for everyone, for a lot of careers you actually don’t need a degree at all, but for me I do think it’s necessary.” -Averie Lehman, 12 

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