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How Shenendehowa seniors are making their college decisions

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Shen Graduation 2023

Now that it is 2024, the current seniors graduation year, students are scrambling to make their college decisions. College acceptances have been rolling out for over a month, so students have had time to think about what school is right for them.

At the end of the day, determining a college could easily impact the rest of a student’s life, from potential student debt to experiences and degrees. Although it can be stressful, some seniors say their decision was easy, find this to be easy to figure out, but for others the  process takes months. 

For one, student athletes are often faced with many offers from schools, or sometimes none at all. Athletes have to find a happy medium where they are happy with the team as well as satisfied with the academic programs offered. 

Senior Eva Pflomm is committed to Siena to play Lacrosse, she also had other offers but decided on Siena. She recommends “visiting the campus and getting a feel of the people that go there.” 

Pflomm said meeting the coaches and the team helped her settle on Siena and along with that it was important for her to find a school that offered her major. 

Alex Douglas is now stress free because he has got accepted and is committed to Siena College as well. He said his major and the class sizes were a huge factor that went into this final choice. Additionally, Douglas said Siena is “close to home, affordable and felt most welcoming.”

However, it hasn’t been easy for everyone to make their final decision. Senior Courtney Cuscino has been accepted to various schools, but is stuck between two colleges. She says the most important things that will influence her final decision is the “retention rates and the programs offered.”

Senior Hannah Murphy is facing a similar battle, unsure between attending Le Moyne or Saint Anslem College. “If I get into a certain program, it makes the decision much easier,” Murphy  says. She also feels tuition costs are very important when she finalizes her plans.

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