Senior Spotlight: North Forest, College Application Season

In our Senior Spotlight Series, we follow YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futures, apply for colleges, and make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In this post, you’ll read where YES Prep North Forest seniors Anthony, Celeste, and Janie applied to college and how they felt during the college application process. When we first spoke to the seniors at the beginning of the year, they were still deciding where to apply.

North Forest seniors

Anthony Birden-Williams

What schools did you apply to?

Brown, Texas State University, Harvard, Rice, Pomona, and Vanderbilt. I’m not done applying because I’ve been taking my time– especially with my number one school, Carleton College. I still want to apply to Moorehouse , Howard, and the University of Tampa.

What’s your current dream school?

Carleton College. Rice is my second choice.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

It was very stressful because I didn’t manage my time well but still exciting. I’m applying to schools I never thought of and to some schools I’ve always dreamed of like Harvard and Rice. While the process is difficult,  you feel accomplished at the end of the day.

Any big news yet?

I did a fly-in at Carleton near the beginning of the year and an interview. The interview was amazing. I feel like that school is a good fit for me. The fly-in allowed me to see people I haven’t seen in a while and reconnect. I got to learn more about the college. It furthered my interest and secured the fact I want to go there. I love the school, campus, and environment. I feel comfortable.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

Celeste Carl

What schools did you apply to?

I applied to 17 schools. The highlights are Howard, Emory & Henry college, Washington & Jefferson, Monmouth college, Allegheny, McNeese State University, Dillard University, and Tuskegee.

What’s your current dream school?

I like Washington & Jefferson but Emory & Henry has been constantly in contact with me. I’m still in love with Howard, but I won’t find out a decision for another couple months.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

Exhausting, but my college counselor Ms. Alfred has been supporting me the whole way. Every college, I did with her. And I’m happy I can still have her support while I’m applying to scholarships as well. Overall, I feel really relieved that I’m finished with the process because I’m excited about the future.

Any big news yet?

I got accepted to seven so far. Dillard, McNeese State, Grambling State, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Washingon & Jefferson, Emory & Henry, and Tuskegee.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

Janie Saldivar

What schools did you apply to?

I applied to 17 schools. At first, all were in Texas and none were IMPACT. My counselor said I need to do IMPACT schools that are test optional because I’m not super happy with my test scores. The highlights are Texas State University, Iowa State, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas State University, A&M and a bunch more.

What’s your current dream school?

Texas State and A&M.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

I finished applying over Thanksgiving break. I wasn’t stressed out. Some people were procrastinating but I was done. I started crying when I got the acceptance to Texas State University. My mom started crying too. It was very emotional.

Any big news yet?

I was accepted into Texas State University, Iowa State, University of Houston-Downtown, and TSU. I’m still waiting to hear back from A&M.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

 

 

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