High Schoolers Wonder About Life After College

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Entrants emphasize quest for independence in University Language Services’ annual scholarship contest for high school students.

Entries to University Language Services’ most recent scholarship contest for high school students show an increased emphasis on their upcoming undertaking to “leave behind the safe haven of our parents’ home and enter the real world,” as one student phrased it.

“These students will be starting college at a time when jobs are scarce and unemployment is high. We shouldn’t be surprised that so many of them are wondering where life will take them after college,” says Diane Erwin, Scholarship Chairwoman at University Language Services.

Hadley Swartz, a senior at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, won the $500 grand prize scholarship for her photo of her family walking along a path at St. Mary's College of Maryland, in St. Mary's City. (See her full entry at: http://www.universitylanguage.com/scholarships/fall-2011/1st-place-hadley-swartz/)

Going to college is both “exciting and frightening,” Swartz wrote. “It begins the process of making your own place in the world and being molded into the person that you are meant to be.”

To enter the contest, high school students were asked to submit a photo they took during a campus visit and describe in no more than 200 words how that photo represents college to them.

University Language Services awarded $100 college scholarships to:

  •     Second place winner: Marisa Draper, a senior at Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va., for her photo of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
  •     Third place winner: Jordan Capizola, a senior at American Heritage School, Delray Beach, Fl., for her photo of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

  •     Anna Griffin, of Mobile, Ala.; photo of the University of Michigan
  •     Ellen Heuer, of Annapolis, Md.; photo of the University of Rochester
  •     Rebecca Johnson, of Langhorne, Penn.; photo of Ursinus College
  •     Nora Krupitsky, of Livingston, N.J.; photo of Parsons The New School for Design
  •     Tochukwu Ndukwe, of Detroit, Mich.; photo of Michigan State University
  •     Zeynep Sheikh, of Bellaire, Texas; photo of Tulane University
  •     Andrew Tarutani, of Wooster, Ohio; photo of the University of Notre Dame
  •     Logan Walther, of Madisonville, La.; photo of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  •     Janelle Wellons, of Logan Township, N.J.; photo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  •     Tyler Wells, of Bartlett, Ill.; photo of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  •     Xue Zhan, of Mokena, Ill.; photo of the University of California, Berkeley

The photos and descriptions by all of the winners and students receiving honorable mention can be viewed at http://www.universitylanguage.com/scholarships/fall-2011/

University Language Services has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to college applicants as well as students who have studied abroad. A new scholarship competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

About University Language Services:
University Language Services (http://www.universitylanguage.com) helps students and applicants make the most of their college experience, from application to graduation. Free online guides and the ULS blog, Campus Commons, give students in-depth information to help them determine where to apply to college, how to get accepted and what to do to succeed. University Language’s comprehensive services for students also include SAT prep and professional resume writing for internships and jobs.
What’s more, since 1983 ULS has provided translation, transcription and interpreting services in 150+ languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.

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