Senior Spotlight: North Central, 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 Central seniors Brianna Hays and Joanna Zamarripa 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.

YES Prep North Central seniors, Joanna and Brianna
YES Prep North Central seniors, Joanna and Brianna

Brianna Hays

What schools did you apply to?

Texas Southern, Midwestern State, University of North Texas, UT, A&M, University of Virginia, Kenyon, Oberlin, and Scripps

What’s your current dream school?

Oberlin. I like the Africana house at Oberlin. It’s the only black house on campus, but it’s open to everyone to learn about the black community. I want to go back so badly.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought I wouldn’t finish on time. I started over the summer. The only issue was the essays.  The common application was easier than Texas application, but it got easier as I went along. I learned more tricks for doing it as I went, so I helped others submit theirs.

Any big news yet?

I didn’t get my Posse scholarship, so I was really disappointed. But I’ve heard back from three schools so far: Texas Southern, Midwestern State, and University of North Texas. They all offered academic scholarships, and Texas Southern offered me a lot. I’m applying for the honors college there now.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

Joanna Zamarripa

What schools did you apply to?

Scripps, Providence, Oberlin, La Salle University, Trinity, University of Houston, Austin college, and Abilene Christian

What’s your current dream school?

Scripps. I went to a fly-in and I really loved it. It was really fun because it was a huge group of girls that I connected with. We all stayed together with some of the Scripps students, and we stayed up late talking about school. They were being very honest about what they like and don’t like.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

I expected it to be really difficult, but when the process actually started, I stayed focused. I had this document with all my supplemental essays and everything was really easy with the common application. You’d just have to do 1-2 short answers per school. The Scripps one was the only one that was overwhelming because I wanted it so badly. I had all the college counselors look over it. I’d exceeded the word limit, so, during our senior lock-in, they helped me to cut it. The lock-in was fun because everyone was working on their college applications together and everytime someone hit the submit button, everyone would cheer for them.

Any big news yet?

I got into UH-Main, Providence College, La Salle, and Austin College– with a scholarship.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

 

 

 

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