The process of entering college

By Emnit Dejene

College, College, College, how exciting yet so nerve wracking!

As the senior year slowly passes by, the stress, anxiousness and excitement gets extremely high. College applications and the immense amount of decisions that are waiting to be made only add on to the adrenaline.

Oh and don’t forget the incurable senioritis that we seniors have to deal with, not wanting to even look at your textbooks, yes, it’s all happening; but in a couple of months all of the things we have been waiting for since our freshman year will be coming to reality.

Donquarious Howie, a previous student at Garinger who is now attending UNC Charlotte, had plenty of tips for seniors.

During a recent visit, Howie spoke about how his college experience, by far, has been a total 180 from high school.

“College is very different from high school,” he states. “It’s not as hard as people make it seem but it’s a rough start until you adjust. Time management is probably the most important thing; you have to realize what’s important and what’s not.”

One huge piece of advice he would give to high school seniors right now is to take advantage of your counselors and make sure to apply for many many scholarships –  at least four.

How to deal with all the stress? Well, in order to cope with the million things going on, I am offering some tips on how to organize yourself, as well as steps to finding your compatible college.

Planning and organizing

  • Make a road map with things you would like to accomplish.
    • What are your senior year goals?
    • What are your long-term goals?
    • Think about majors that you might want to go in.
    • Consider possible careers.

College planning

  • Make a list of colleges you would like to apply to. Consider:
    • 2 year, 4 year or trade school?
    • Small or large school?
    • What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of the school you are applying to?
    • Admission requirements?
    • What are the majors or programs they offer?
    • Tuition cost?
  • Check application deadlines for the schools you are thinking about applying to.
  • Talk to your teachers about getting a letter of recommendation.
  • There are many scholarships available at online. Apply for as many as you can.
  • Visit Garinger’s career center at for useful information and opportunities.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available January 1st

For even more information, please contact our college adviser, Ms. Blackmon, in the main office or via email at