Senior Spotlight: East End, 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 East End seniors Zosimo, Kelsey, and Emmanuel 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.

East End seniors
Emmanuel, Kelsey, & Zosimo of YES Prep East End

Zosimo Garcia

What schools did you apply to?

UT-Austin, Texas A&M, U of H, Sewanee, Hamilton, Claremont-McKenna, University of Redlands, Colby, Rice, Bucknell, and Trinity.

What’s your current dream school?

I want to go to Rice but I’m not sure I’ll get in. I think I’m leaning toward UT or Bucknell or Colby or Sewanee. I can’t choose right now.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

Stressful. I got everything done early, but there were one or two applications where I waited until the last minute. Those were especially stressful.

Any big news yet?

I was a finalist for the Posse scholarship but then I declined. I also went to Bucknell for a fly-in. I was accepted to U of H and the Texas A&M engineering program. I got an $18,000  scholarship for U of H and a $20,000 scholarship for A&M. I won’t hear back from the rest of the schools until February or March.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

Kelsey Julien

What schools did you apply to?

I applied to 13 schools. The highlights: Washington & Jefferson, Texas A&M-Galveston, U of H, Houston Baptist University, College of St. Benedict, Bates, Oberlin, Johns Hopkins, GWU, Rice U, and Texas State.

What’s your current dream school?

Washington & Jefferson. I’m really hoping I get IMPACT to get that financial aid. If not, I’m sure I’ll end up at Texas A&M Galveston or U of H. If I get accepted to Rice, I’ll add that to the list too. It’s better financially for my family if I stay in Texas, and they’re all great schools. I’m happy with all of them.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

I was very in denial. I’d hold off because it didn’t seem real or I didn’t want it to be real. But then I buckled down over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and finished everything. I was always anxious about the process, but I was also excited to start hearing back about acceptances and scholarships. I’m still entertaining the idea of going away vs. staying home.

Any big news yet?

I was a finalist for Posse, but it didn’t pan out. I went on two fly-ins. One was to Bates College and one was to Washington & Jefferson. When I went to Bates, I really liked it. I talked to college representatives and got to see more of the campus. It was very cold. But I really felt differently when I went to the Washington & Jefferson fly-in. It was a YES Prep fly-in, so I roomed with two 2015 East End alumni. Washington & Jefferson seemed closer and I really loved it. I’ve received acceptances to Washington & Jefferson, Texas State, U of H, College of St. Benedict, Texas A&M-Galveston, and HBU. I got scholarships at HBU, Washington & Jefferson, and College of St. Benedict.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

Emmanuel Mata

What schools did you apply to?

University of Houston, Austin College, Trinity, Sewanee, Washington & Jefferson, and Lycoming College.

What’s your current dream school?

Sewanee and then University of Houston.

What was the process of applying to schools like?

At first, it was really stressful because I didn’t know where to apply. I was hesitant to apply to a lot of schools. At the end, I decided to apply mostly for IMPACT schools because they have the best financial aid.

Any big news yet?

I’ve been accepted to Austin College, Washington & Jefferson, and Lycoming. I got scholarships from each of the the schools.

Any advice about the college process for younger students?

 

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