High School Students “Go to College”

LEWISBURG — Students from all over central Pennsylvania got tips on Thursday on how to apply to colleges.

Financial aid was on the minds of many who attended the college workshop at Bucknell University.

Dana Kyle and her friends are high school seniors who plan to go to college next year. They spoke to representatives from eight different schools at a college workshop at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. Kyle said she hopes to get a scholarship.

“Colleges keep going up with their prices and with the economy the way it is, it’s not going to be easy to pay for college,” said Kyle.

Officials at Bucknell University said applying for financial aid can be stressful for students and their families. That topic was addressed at Bucknell’s second annual college workshop.

“It is a little complicated but it is not overwhelming. If you start early, a lot of colleges are more than willing to help families foot the bill,” said Rob Springall, Dean of Admissions.

High school students from more than 20 school districts in Central Pennsylvania were invited to the college workshop. John Hartman’s oldest son is going to college next year. Hartman said many of his concerns were addressed at the workshop.

“What possible aid packages there may be, and what their experience will be in college,” said Hartman.

In addition to the college fair and the financial aid aspect, students attended workshops to improve their interviewing skills and how to write essays.

“I’m personally looking for a smaller school, possibly a rural to middle size. I’m not looking for a giant school atmosphere, I want to get to know my professors and the people in my classes,” said Chris Hartman.

“I’m looking for a small college that will give me a lot of hands-on experience and definitely a very personal experience,” said Sienna Fisher.

Around three dozen families attended the college workshop.