Rider seniors are branching out for college


Rider seniors are branching out for college

Going the distance

April 4, 2022

College is one of the most important decisions seniors can make. Many students stay near home for college, but there are a select few students who decide to fly further out of the nest than others. 

While venturing out to a new state or new city brings challenges, it also holds exciting experiences and bigger opportunities. 

Shenay Franklin, who will be attending Rice University in Houston, is planning to major in Astrophysics and has hopes to work for NASA, which is relatively close to her college. While this is a thrilling new step on her journey, Franklin still has some nerves about the change. 

It’s a little nerve-wracking because I am going from kind of being dependent on my family to being by myself in a foreign city where I don’t know anybody, so I am a little nervous but I am really excited,” Franklin said. 

Franklin is not alone in feeling nervous about her step into independence.

Chloe Mason, who has decided to attend her dream school, UCLA, also has high hopes for her future majoring in climate science. Mason is excited to experience the city of Los Angeles. 

“I’m looking forward to living in LA, a big city, compared to Wichita Falls,” Mason said. 

With new states also comes new weather. 

Committed to Wellesley University in Massachusetts, Hailey Read will be majoring in biochemistry and wants to become a pharmacist. Obviously, Texans don’t have much experience with long-lasting cold weather compared to Massachusetts conditions. Read has to adjust to the new environment. 

“I’ve been researching winter brands and stuff like that because I have nothing like that,” Read said. 

Read is not the only one who will experience colder weather. Miranda Salazar, who will be attending Columbia University, is branching out to New York. 

Tami Nguyen has known since her freshman year that she wanted to go to the University of Houston. Tami has high hopes for the new city experiences and the diversity on campus. Since she has family there, Houston is not completely foreign to her, and she is excited to go. 

“I’m most looking forward to the people I’m going to meet, the experience, and college life,” Nguyen said.

As a chapter of their lives comes to an end and a new one begins, there will be many new things, especially new environments and friendships for every senior. 

But some adventures will be more unfamiliar than others.

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Kicking off her senior year, this is Pratt’s first official year on staff. Her interests include Jesus, music, art, trying new coffee shops, going on...

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