By: Mary Kerr/Social Media Director
The students at Blue Ridge High School are given countless opportunities throughout their careers, and have the freedom to choose what they want to do with their futures and lives after high school. Careers after high school have a wide range of requirements, some requiring more training than others. We tend to hear one word over and over again: college. The word college has many different connotations. Some students feel fear of leaving their families, fear of college level classes, fear of costs and loans, and many other emotions just from one word. Yet, even if you are a student and aren’t completely sure if you want to apply and attend college, you should definitely take advantage of the college’s that are scheduled to visit Blue Ridge in the guidance office to view your options and consider college for your post-high school plans.
Throughout the year, (but typically earlier), many colleges and universities come to Blue Ridge throughout the school day. These visits are planned ahead, and are always announced. Students interested in meeting with a college’s/university’s representative to explore their options, should sign up and contact Ms. Finn for more information. The following is a list of the schools that have came, or are scheduled to come to Blue Ridge High School during the 2018-2019 school year:
Pennsylvania College of Technology, September 12th@ 11:30 am.
Misericordia University, September 17th @ 12:30 pm.
Allegheny University, September 19th @ 8:00 am.
Lycoming College, September 19th @ 11:00 am.
Johnson College, October 2nd @ 12:30 pm.
Wilkes University, October 19th @ 11:30 am.
Elizabethtown College, October 25th @ 9:50 am.
Marywood University, October 26th @ 9:50 am.
Cedar Crest College, November 6th @ 11:15 am
King’s College, November 9th @ 9:00 am.
High School guidance counselor, Mrs. Finn, is responsible for helping students arrange college visits with representatives and has a different perspective on the college application process. When asked why she thinks its important for students (even if they are not completely sure on their future plans) to visit and meet with college representatives, Finn said, “It is important for students to keep their options open and ultimately see what they want to do after high school. Options for schooling include four year programs, two year programs, and trade schools.”
Finn’s advice to students who are unsure on their college decisions and plans is “Try not to be overwhelmed by the topic of ‘What do you want to do?’ Changing your path is completely fine, but do not go to a college or school for an unnecessary amount of time and pay a lot of money, for a degree that doesn’t require that much schooling.”
If you are a Blue Ridge student and are unsure if college is for you, or if you can’t afford the costs of it, here’s a few things to consider. Blue Ridge offers AP and Dual Enrollment classes. These courses generally tend to be more rigorous and typically outline the lecture and structure of a college level course. Try taking at least one AP or Dual Enrollment qualifying class. By doing this, you can get some insight to what college level classes tend to look like and how much work they require. Also, if you pass this class, and/or take and pass an AP test for a class, you receive a credit that you took this class and passed. Each college/university accepts different credits and have different policies regarding high school credits. If you’re curious about a specific college AP credit policy, click the link to be directed to The College Board’s credit policy search engine, where you can simply search the name of a school and receive it’s policy regarding high school credits applying to college.
Blue Ridge also provides many scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are a great way to get recognized for your hard work as a high school student with monetary scholarships that help cover the costs of college expenses. Many scholarships are accessible online and the following is a list of scholarships that are provided by the guidance office section on www.brsd.org, and consist of scholarships mainly in our community.
Prudential Community Scholarship
National Scholarship Database
Burger King Scholarship
Feel Good Charities Scholarship
Pennsylvania School of Public Relations Scholarship
RYLA Essay Contest
109th Infantry Scholarship
Northern Tier Hardwood Scholarship
New Milford Loan Application
Susquehanna County Democratic Scholarship
Cinderella’s Closet Scholarship
Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship
Susquehanna County Conservation Scholarship
Medical Suppliers Scholarship
Lewis Busing Scholarship
Susquehanna County Pomona Grange Scholarship
Ray Kroc Scholarship
Progressive Dental Scholarship
Road To Safety Scholarship
Pennsylvania Bluestone Scholarship
Bluestone Lodge No. 338 Scholarship
Zach Pruitt Scholarship
Planning for life after high school can be stressful and frightening, but it is also an experience which you learn about yourself and your goals. Life after high school does not have to include college, but if you are interested in pursuing an education after high school, take advantage of the resources that our high school is providing us with.