College Night gives students insight into application process


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Senior Bethany Gaskins works on her Apply Texas application during activity period. The common application allows students to apply to multiple schools with just one application.

     Tis the season! Not for Christmas, but for college application deadlines. Students from all over the nation are submitting their resumés and letters of recommendation as the window for college admission into the toughest schools to get into draws closer. To help with the process, academic counselor Dana Morris put together College Night to help students learn more about what to expect in the upcoming months with their applications.

     “College night made me feel more informed on the whole process,” senior Jade Morales said. “I hated feeling like I was the only one going through this but I realized very other senior is too.”

     The event was not only targeted toward seniors, but for juniors as well. They learned about planning their senior year, classes to boost their GPA, the academic agenda for the next two years, and the holy grail of any application: the SAT. Scores on the SAT are vital in the admissions process, according to Morris, and the sooner they’re taken, the more time there is to improve the scores.

     “I learned that I need to take the SAT soon so I know what I need to work on,” junior Damon Magouirk said. “I would like to get a good score so I have a lot of options for college when the time comes. I’ll be studying hard to improve them as much as possible”

     Many of the parents joined their teens in attending the event so they are kept up to date on the process as well. Now, parents are able to receive text messages regarding any scholarship information and important dates from Morris throughout the year.

     “I think it will be a handy tool to remind my daughter about upcoming deadlines,” mother Crystal Morales said. “I hope I am able to use this to keep up with her progress so I can help her when she needs it.”