Moving to a university when surrounded by unfamiliar faces and foreign locations can be timorous. Especially when once again, graduating seniors become the new kid. Naples High Eagles are finally spreading their wings to soar and going off to college after 12 years of hard work to get there.
Seniors have been dreaming of this chapter in their lives for years. Finally being able to commit to the college they have been wanting to go to since childhood is a rewarding feeling. At last, the dedication to school work has paid off, but it is not ending now.
“I’ve been wanting to go to Florida State University since I was a little kid, so my decision on if I want to go or not didn’t take long at all,” senior Jack Eckelman said. “One of the main reasons is because of the education and location of the school, which I found unique.”
However, not all seniors are planning to stay in Florida. Some are moving to other states far away from home where they will be adventuring into a new life, while still planning to visit their friends and family here in Florida often.
“I’m going to West Virginia State and I’m really excited to see the snow again, I have all my winter clothes ready,” senior McKenna Seward said. “I was so excited to get accepted because I used to live there for a while before I moved to Florida, and I still plan to visit Naples a lot.”
Although the seniors are leaving for college and living on their own, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be missing something that they haven’t had to live without before. Preparing for these radical changes takes time.
“I’m going to Texas for football, and even though I know it will be fun and good for me, I’m still going to be missing home,” senior Matt Hammel said. “I have a dog here and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him when I’m in college.”
When selecting from one of the numerous 5,300 colleges in America, the decision making can come to a close draw. Majors, dorms, locations and dining plans are all predominant considerations when choosing where to spend four years or more of schooling. It can be arduous and takes a great amount of time sorting out the pros and cons of each college before making a final decision.
“Science is my best subject and FSU has great science programs, but so did a few other schools I had in mind like the University of Florida,” Eckleman said. “I’m pretty set on biology for my major, but there is also chemistry that I like as well. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me at FSU.”
The last day for seniors being a high school student is May 14, which is when they will graduate on Staver Field after 12 long years of work. Seniors are currently preparing for college still and when they leave all depends on the university they have chosen.