Post-high Planning Reveals Students’ Options

All the juniors and seniors were released during 2nd block Thursday to attend a post-high planning fair. The event proved successful.

By Randee Thayer

Deciding what to do after high school is one of the biggest decisions a person has to make, probably ranking number one in life choices for a 17 or 18 year old. Figuring out whether you want to go to college or military or even work force is a battle in itself. The people who choose college have to then decide; in state, out of state, public school, university, etc. there are so many choices to make when seniors leave high school.

This is why seniors and juniors at Central, were strongly advised to attend the post-high planning at the Civic Center this past Thursday, so they can look at all their choices. This year included 21 South Dakota schools, 25 out of state schools, three financial aid booths and five military stands, all of which were stocked full of booklets and other informational pamphlets that prospective students could obtain. Justy Bullington, the admissions representative for Chadron State College said, “This post-high planning day is a great opportunity to meet students interested in attending CSC and give them information they might need to decide where they would like to attend college.”

Junior Hope Paris said she “enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the different options available for after high school.” For a lot of people, they don’t know where they want to go to college yet. Junior Chandler Sheeder said he “liked being able to find colleges that had the majors he was interested in studying.”

Along with the post-high planning day there was also a Western Dakota Tech (WDT) Career fair with interactive activities for each career path WDT has available to study. Brandie Zuniga, a phlebotomist at WDT, thought that “the career fair is important for high school students to be able to see what a career might actually look like before they go to school for said career.”

Senior Mckenzie Patterson said, “I enjoyed both the college booths and the career booths, because they both help find possibilities for my future.”

The day turned out to be very beneficial for anyone who needed to make up their mind about what they want to do, where they want to go, or how they might want to pursue their education after high school. Next year all juniors and seniors should definitely take the opportunity to attend this event.

Photo credit: Career Fair by Anita Borg Institute on Flickr