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Counselor’s Corner … Seniors face important decisions

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm


School Counselor

LCHS Guidance Dept.

It’s hard to believe that the end of September is almost upon us. Fall break, along with the end of the 1st 9-week grading period, will be here before you know it. As seniors get closer and closer to graduation, they are faced with making some important decisions.

Along with studying and staying successful academically, seniors need to be thinking about their plans for after high school. Whether they plan to attend a college or technical school, join the military, or enter the work force, it is important to be informed. The information and application process can seem overwhelming at first, but it does not have to be.

At this point, seniors should be narrowing their college choices down to three to five schools. Information is the key to success when choosing schools. The best way to gather information about a college or technical school is with a campus visit. However, finding the time to visit three to five schools can be challenging. Often, colleges and technical schools have pictures, videos, and virtual tours of the campus on their web sites. Also, you are always welcome to contact the schools directly and request that an information packet be mailed to you.

As students narrow their college or technical school choices, they need to compare such factors as total enrollment, campus location, student/faculty ratio, application fees and deadlines, tuition and fees, scholarship opportunities, ACT/grade-point average (GPA) requirement, majors offered, campus involvement, activities, housing, and honors programs.

Parents and students should never be afraid to ask questions. Remember: any college or technical school wants to be chosen by prospective students as much as students may want to choose that school. A list of additional questions to ask colleges is available in Guidance, as well as in our Senior Handbook on our website.

During the visit and afterwards, students should jot down information given and record their thoughts and feelings about each campus. This information will be valuable in narrowing the choices. The admissions office at each school, as well as the Guidance Department at LCHS, can help guide students through the college or technical school search process with ease.

There are also some important points to remember for junior and sophomore students. Sophomores and juniors should start to take interest inventories to help them decide what type of career they may want to follow. They should also research different schools to see which ones appeal to them. It is never too early to start gathering information about post high school opportunities.

We have several LCHS sporting events to add to your calendar for this week. On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Lady Falcon Soccer team will play an away game against Tullahoma High School, the Falcon Golf team will compete against Coffee County High School at the Riverbend course, and the Lady Falcon Volleyball team will also play against Coffee County High School in an away game. Friday, Sept. 20, is a big night for the Falcons as the Falcon football team plays against Columbia High School at home in the Meadows Thompson Stadium.

Also on Sept. 20, the Lady Falcon volleyball team will participate in the AGAME Tournament, and the Falcon golf team will participate in the Practice Road District Tour at Bear Trace. On Monday Sept. 23, the Falcon Golf team will be at Bear Trace again for the District Tournament.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, is another big day for LCHS sports: the Falcon cross country team will compete at Arrowhead Ranch in Normandy; the Lady Falcon soccer team will play at Shelbyville Central High School; and the Lady Falcon volleyball team will have a home match against Columbia High School. As usual, please contact the LCHS office for official start times. We look forward to seeing you there!