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Senior Year at Saint Paul

January 19, 2021
By Carissa

Without a doubt, this has been a weird senior year. A lot of the schools I’ve applied to aren’t allowing visitors on campus, much of our college search process was virtual, AND our guidance counselors were now trying to both meet students for the first time and get them ready for college. Overall, it has been rough so far. But, like all things at Saint Paul, we are making it work!

I applied to nine schools, and have already heard back from five. I applied to Simmons University, Emmanuel College, MCPHS, Regis College, Merrimack College, Endicott College, Worcester State University, Northeastern University, and Becker College. So far, I have gotten into Emmanuel, MCPHS, Regis, Merrimack, and Becker. I am anxiously waiting for the rest of my decisions! Applying to colleges was hard. I had to choose which schools to apply to entirely based on what I learned about them from their college websites. One of the pros of doing this all during COVID is that now we have new opportunities! Even though in person events have been cut down, colleges have come up with so many more virtual events. It makes it a lot easier to talk to current students and admissions, something that may not be as accessible with in person events. 

I have received a lot of help along the way. Many of my friends who have graduated and are now in college helped me with the search process. All of my teachers gave me recommendations based on my major (nursing). I also got a lot of help from guidance. I remember one day I went to guidance freaking out trying to figure out what a FERPA waiver was. I sat in Ms. Maurello’s office worried about what I was signing, and if it would affect my decisions at all. Even though I was super frantic and very worried, Ms. Maurello and Mr. Watson took the time to sit down with me and explain it in terms that I understood. It made me feel so much better about the whole thing, and more confident in my college journey. 

I do have a few more people I wanted to mention. One of the things most important to me in this whole process is scholarships. I have worked really hard for years to make sure I can qualify for scholarships, and that's working well so far. I have applied for two full ride scholarships, and received so much help along the way. With my first full ride, for Simmons University, Mr. St. John sat down with me quite a few times to go over my essay. He would tell me what I was doing well, and what I could do better. By the time I had to submit the application, I was very confident in myself, thanks to Mr. St. John. I also recently got an email from Ms. Reyngoudt about applying for a full ride at Regis. I never would have known about the scholarship if it weren’t for that email. Now, I’m a finalist to receive the presidential scholarship, and I have an interview with admissions! To put it simply, I am more than grateful for all of the help I have received from Saint Paul so far, and I know I will continue to get in the future.