Decided and Excited

As the year comes to a close, graduating seniors have decided on their future plans.

May 1 was National “Decision” day– universities and colleges across the country required rising students for the 2015 fall semester to submit their deposit and secure their spot in the freshman class by midnight. Students going to college celebrate this day by wearing spirit wear representing their chosen college, as a way to show off their academic accomplishment and future ambition and to let their peers know where they will be attending for the next four years.

From L to R: (Front Row) Justin Denning, Hannah Sermersheim, Dylan Parton, Abby Britt, Ania Jacobs, Sarah Kuhaneck. (Middle Row) Joseph Kuley, Brandon Baucom, Jarrett Spann, Braden Mills, Joshua Collier, Hannah Cooper, Taylor Johnson, Ashley Abernathy, Clair Williams, Hannah Stephenson, Dalton Kennedy, Zachary Keen, Taylor Budzynski. Brandon Brasslett, McCoy Carlson, Seth Byrd, Michael O'Brian, Madison Covey, Shelbey Sparrow, Faith Turner, Lauren Nurrito, Jordan Douglas, Brandon Dawson, Riley Andrews, Elizabeth Halloran.

From L to R: (Front Row) Justin Denning, Hannah Sermersheim, Dylan Parton, Abby Britt, Ania Jacobs, Sarah Kuhaneck. (Middle Row) Joseph Kuley, Brandon Baucom, Jarrett Spann, Braden Mills, Joshua Collier, Hannah Cooper, Taylor Johnson, Ashley Abernathy, Clair Williams, Hannah Stephenson, Dalton Kennedy, Zachary Keen, Taylor Budzynski. Brandon Brasslett, McCoy Carlson, Seth Byrd, Michael O’Brian, Madison Covey, Shelbey Sparrow, Faith Turner, Lauren Nurrito, Jordan Douglas, Brandon Dawson, Riley Andrews, Elizabeth Halloran.

The Class of 2015 has over 300 students, and roughly half of those students will be attending a two or four-year university after high school graduation. Each student has their own reason behind choosing a school, and each has specific concerns and things they’re looking forward to in college. Seth Byrd, Brandon Dawson, Taylor Johnson, Hannah Stephenson, Jordan Douglas and Taylor Budzynski shared their thoughts.

Seth Byrd will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Byrd will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

What are you most excited for while going to college in Charlotte?

“I’m most excited to study architecture at UNC Charlotte… all that kind of academic excitement.”

Brandon Dawson will be attending East Carolina University.

Dawson will be attending East Carolina University.

What made you chose ECU over other schools?

“I chose ECU because they have a good chemistry program along with a medical school.”

Taylor Johnson will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Johnson will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Why did you chose Chapel Hill– what excites you about it?

“Chapel Hill was one of two schools that had pharmaceutical programs and I thought they were the better. I’m excited because it’s a gorgeous school, the people there seem like they’re really nice, and everything else.”

Hannah Stephenson will be attending North Carolina State University.

Stephenson will be attending North Carolina State University.

What do you think is going to be the biggest difference between high school and college?

“The biggest difference is going to be the environment. It’s going to be much larger, with more people, but I think it will be more personal as well.”

Taylor Douglas will be attending West Carolina University.

Douglas will be attending West Carolina University.

Why did you chose Western Carolina?

“Well, they have a body farm. They do, that’s why I’m going! There’s like, this area of land with dead bodies set around and you can watch them decay…”

Taylor Budzynski will be attending Campbell University.

Budzynski will be attending Campbell University.

What do you think will be the biggest change in college from high school?

“The actual classes and having the more rigorous classwork… being away from home and getting to meet new people.”