Seniors in college: Looking back and moving forward

College: for many this is the next big step in their life after senior year. There’s applying for college, applying for scholarships, then graduation comes right around the corner. Students are ready to move on into something even bigger and better than high school.

Every year, Saint Paul Public Schools have new students joining their student body to learn and grow as they prepare for the next step in their lives, which may include college.

High school in general is a whole new experience in a teen’s education. You have the opportunity to join lots of clubs, make new friendships throughout your school years, and learn intriguing skills from many of your teachers in high school. When you get to your senior year, it’s both exciting and scary because you’ve come so far and now you’re almost about to leave something so special that you can never repeat.

I wanted to ask a Senior this year about their thoughts on being where they are and thinking about where they are going. Sam B is a Senior, graduating this year, 2017.

“I’m happy and scared to be a Senior, but I’m also glad it’s my last year of high school.

I do feel, as a Senior, I have a responsibility to guide the underclassmen and help them get to where I am now.

I’m not sure what I plan to do when I’ve graduated, maybe either biology or film, but I do want to study at the U of M.

I’m excited for Senior year because of graduation, our class field trips, and you don’t have to take so many classes, and of course, PROM!

The advice I have for the underclassmen is: Do your homework on time, don’t be nervous all the time, have some fun, and make LOTS of friends.”

Some Seniors have different opinions about their year, and that is common, but sometimes their thoughts about high school change once they reach college.

I connected with a Highland Park Senior who graduated just last year to see his point of view about where he is now.  

James Farnsworth
: is a Highland Park High School graduate of 2016. He was involved with Youth in Government and was a member of various other clubs and activities, including The Plaid Line. unnamed

“College is a big transition for an only child! I am settling into dorm life. I’m getting familiar with the campus of my college. I take four classes which are not so difficult so my schedule balances out nicely.

I go to the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. I’m enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts but I’m still undecided on a major.

Two of the classes that I take are Oceanography, and Analysis of Argument.  

You must be independent, motivated, and able to encounter different situations and use a variety of problem-solving skills. There are a lot of things that you do on your own in college.

I went off to college because it was pretty much the expected path to take after high school for me. There was never really another thought of what I’d do. I wanted to be certain and positive about moving onto the next stage in my life.”

Students want to do their very best in school so they can keep moving onto something even bigger in the future. Each student has a different path they take in their education depending on what they are interested in doing for their career choice. One thing that students highly suggest to do while in high school is PSEO: Post Secondary Enrollment Options.



PSEO is a program that allows 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school. Many students from Highland Park say that doing this program now in high school will really help you with basic level colleges classes that you would normally start when you have graduated and moved on to college. For more information, visit the PSEO section on Highland Park webpage:

High school is very exciting and interesting. You don’t know what you might get involved with in your four years of school. Then, before you know it, you’ll start to think about college: What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? How soon can I start to apply? The one thing to always keep in mind is what is going to be best for you.

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