With so many facets to the college application process, it can be daunting for students and their families to know where to begin. A good starting point, and a crucial piece of the application process, is creating a college list. DSST High School students begin their lists Junior year, leaving time to do research, visit campuses, and narrow down the list to the 5-7 schools that will receive an application come November or January.
Being a high school student is stressful, and the pressure to study to go to your top college and reach your dream job can make it even more so. On top of all of that, thinking about choosing a career path can be incredibly daunting, especially as a 16-year-old. However, DSST strives to ensure that all students have an opportunity to explore a career path that they are interested in. We do this by incorporating a class into the high school curriculum where students attend professional internships during their junior year. In these internships, “students are able to figure out what they want to do in the future… see if they see themselves in that career,” says Maggie Dering, the Internship Coordinator at DSST: Cole High School.
Zia Ahmadi is a senior at DSST: Green Valley Ranch and has applied to USC, the University of Denver and Colorado School of Mines. Here are a few thoughts and reflections as he prepares for graduating from DSST and going to college.
In this week's #Seniorspotlight DSST: Cole Senior Iesha Essien talks about DSST staff who have helped and influenced her, lends some words of advice to younger students and talks about what she feels proud about as she has been accepted to college and is on the verge of graduation.