Past Seniors Give their advice on college selection

Many students spend the entirety of their high school careers focusing on their next academic step – college. For high schoolers that are choosing university education as the next step in their path, the decision of where to go is clearly one of the most stressful aspects of the transition. At Darby, senior classes tend to follow certain trends with the colleges they choose. Schools like The Ohio State University are popular destinations for Hilliard students, but less frequently attended schools can be a better fit for many people. Darby underclassmen can find assistance in making their own college decisions by learning from the experiences of seniors past.

  The two most popular destinations for seniors last year were by far The Ohio State University and Columbus State. Ohio State culture is a part of living in a central Ohio, and because of its huge alumni community and impact on the area many Darby seniors will consider applying to be Buckeye. One of those seniors last year was current Ohio State freshman Josh Govine. He says he chose Ohio State because he considers himself “born to be buckeye”, and he loves the community Ohio State has to offer.

  “It was everything I wanted in a school and a community. The academics are incredible and there are a lot of opportunities to be involved,” Govine says. “I am a finance major… The Fisher School of Business is huge and has a ton of different opportunities, I joined a business fraternity this semester for example.”

  Govine has taken advantage of the many bonuses Ohio State has to offer, making his freshman year very successful.

  “I had a ton of college credit from high school and Ohio State gave me all of it,” Govine shared, “Another benefit is because the business school is so large there are a ton of connections all across the country for internships or job opportunities.”

Govine was one of the 60 students represented on this bar graph attending OSU. The eight categories on the graph are OSU (Blue), Cincinatti (Red), Ohio (Orange), Columbus State (Dark Green), Other Ohio Publics (Purple), Private Ohio Schools (Teal), Out of State (Pink), and Other (Light Green).


  Another staple school of central Ohio is Columbus State. Columbus State has many monetary benefits and can help you knock out basic classes at a much lower cost than a university. You can then transfer these credits to a larger university if you choose. 2016 Darby graduate Katie Huffman is taking advantage of these perks from Columbus State. She says the cost benefits are extremely helpful, most of your credits transfer, and it gives students more time consider a career path. Many students would be well served following Katie’s path and going to this conveniently local college.

  Maybe sticking around in central Ohio is not your cup of tea. Plenty of students want to branch out and go out of state. Recently, Darby students have attended many notable unique universities like Purdue, Alabama, and MIT. One current example is former Darby student and University of Texas freshman Elli Tai. Tai says that, along with offering her a significant amount of scholarship money, the school was a perfect fit for her interests.

  “The college out-of-state had a great program for my major, actuary science,” Tai said.

  One takeaway from our previous seniors’ college choices is that there are many different paths to take when it comes to choosing your next school. 37 stud

ents from the class of 2018 were the only one from Darby attending their specific college, and Darby students committed 

to 57 different universities in total last year. Many of these schools, like North Carolina, West Virginia, and Belmont, were well outside of the typical central Ohio domain. In all, 26 students went out of state, and many other Darby students went to Ohio colleges that you might have to look on a map to find.

This pie chart shows seven categories of colleges and the percent of students attending, along with an “other” category. The two biggest pieces are Ohio State and Columbus State, respectively.

  In conclusion, every student has next step that is best for them. You could be like the 11.5 percent of the 2018 graduating class that did not go straight to college, choosing to opt for job opportunities or the military. A handful of students also took a gap year as well. For our student body that is attending college however, the choices of our past seniors can give us a lot of insight into the cloudy subject that is school selection. Whether it is a classic Ohio institution, or a school halfway across the country, hopefully we can all find the perfect fit when the time comes.

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