High schoolers survey their post-graduation options
Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.
For some students, military enlistment is at the top of their college readiness checklist.
Toting a fuzzy, yellow backpack, high school senior Manuel Briseño eyed the Texas Tech University table while talking to an armed forces recruiter.
"I'm thinking about going to Tech after I get out of the Army," he said. "It'll be a good way of getting health insurance and, hopefully, a house."
The 17-year-old waded along with other seniors between higher education and military booths at the Victoria East High School library's first college fair.
Fair coordinators said they hope it becomes an annual event.
A blue-colored bird with Texas Tech recruiter Josh Blankenship's Twitter handle attracted social media-savvy students.
"I have already had five students follow me since the fair started this morning," Blankenship said. "We're trying to connect with students in an interactive way."
Crystal Peña's silver-looped, diamond earrings hovered over the Victoria College booth.
The 18-year-old said her single mother's independent, strong-willed attitude has gotten her thinking about the future.
"I want to make her proud," Peña said.
The senior said she hasn't taken the SAT yet but plans to sign up for an October examination date.
"I want to work for Child Protection Services because I know how hard it can be for some kids," Peña said. "I'll probably go somewhere close to home like Corpus Christi."
Go Center Coordinator Debra Jaime said she's noticed some seniors have yet to take the SAT or ACT.
"We try to get the juniors to take them," Jaime said.
The coordinator said not taking the SAT or ACT before the start of senior year can hinder the scholarship application process.
"A lot of them are afraid and unsure about their futures," Jaime said. "It's not a small-town thing, it's a mentality that's everywhere."