Seniors prepare for the next step

“I haven’t given it much thought.”

“I’ve got my senior year to figure it out.”

These two statements are very common responses anyone could receive when asking a senior about college. Deciding where to go for college can be difficult, and it can be affected by an endless amount of variables, such as majors, dorm life, campus life, or even location.

“I will most likely be headed to K-State in the fall,” senior Edward Weiner said about Kansas State University. “I chose K-State because it has one of the best engineering programs in the midwest, and I love the college atmosphere there, as there is a lot of small town kids there just like me.”

Weiner won’t be the only Black Bear attending KSU next year. Senior J.J. Oden plans to enroll as well for similar reasons.

“I’m going to go to K-State because of the fact it offers the major I want, and is affordable for me,” he said. “It is very exciting to think about the fact that I’m going to be living and going to school somewhere else in less than a year.”

While it could be easy to get lost in figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life, and wasting away one’s last year in high school, our students seem to be making the most of  the last year they get to spend as an active Sterling High School Black Bear.

“It is easier for me because Anderson University’s campus is 16 hours away, but the main thing I’m focusing on is just staying in the moment,” senior Madeline Wagley said.

Leaving behind the comfort of high school can be scary, possibly leaving behind everyone, and everything here in Sterling forever, is something that most would not like to thhink about no matter how much we understand that they have to. Regardless, deep down everyone will always be a Sterling High School Black Bear.

“My friends and I don’t really dwell on the sad stuff,” Wagley said. “We know that we won’t see each other very often, but when we do, it’ll be way more special. We focus more on how excited we are for our future plans.”