Lauren Wood – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  As they deal with tests, end-of-quarter projects and college applications, some LRHS seniors question whether they are mentally prepared to graduate.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 was the deadline for many priority college applications, and seniors were excited to finally take that first step towards graduation and beyond.

Senior Niki Cain stated, “I am relieved that the process is done, but I still have to apply for scholarships. It’ll all be worth it in the end, though.”

Like other Mustangs, Cain is applying to University of South Florida (USF), University of Tampa (UT), Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), and Florida International University (FIU).

Along with completing the application process, seniors must send in their SAT/ACT scores to universities in order to be considered for acceptance. This can be completed on the SAT/ACT site and costs $12 per school.

Though all of these deadlines can be stressful for students, Mustangs are trying to have a positive outlook.

Senior Abigail Zion commented, “I am one hundred percent ready to graduate.” Zion applied to eight colleges so far and feels more prepared than she did last year. “I never knew how much my GPA actually mattered until senior year. I’m happy I kept it up throughout the past four years though.”

However, senior Robby Rodriguez doesn’t quite feel the same.

“Am I ready to graduate?” Rodriguez questioned, “Academically, yes. Mentally, no.” Along with some peers, Rodriguez feels the best way to conquer senior year is to take it one step at a time.

“Everyone is so focused on applications and getting accepted into colleges that there isn’t really any time to focus on graduation itself,” he stated. “But come spring, everyone will shift their mindset.”

Leaving a high school Mustangs have grown accustomed to is difficult, but students should not fret their future or what is to come.

“It’s a new chapter in our lives, and I think everyone should just appreciate being a senior while it lasts,” Rodriguez continued. “College is coming sooner than we understand. We just have to hold on and enjoy the ride.”

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