As my 11th grade year is coming to a close the constant question of where I am looking at colleges and what I am thinking of doing after high school seems to some how make its way into every conversation. This is also been a constant question in my mind as well. I just had my first college meeting with my college counselor where we looked over my PSAT scores, grades, and other things that start to shape the makeup of what colleges you should apply to. As I went through this process with my college counselor I found many new schools that fit the mold I am looking for in colleges.
Sadly because of the budget cuts, The Philadelphia School District has taken away college counselors from many high schools in Philadelphia. Without these counselors students are losing out on opportunities for scholarships, financial aid, and better college opportunities over all.
At Central High School the colleges that students have applied to are getting transcripts late because they do not have remotely near the number of college counselors that they need for a school with that many students.
The School District over the past year cut back on things that they felt were not immediately necessary. But when does it come to a point where helping kids find colleges that are fit for them and that they can afford is no longer a priority? If that is not a priority then what in the school district is? As next year’s budget crisis approaches and more cuts are being made, the question of what new cuts to expect in our future comes full circle once again.
If we continue to accept the bare minimum, we are not doing anything but putting students in worse situations to not only be able to attend the colleges of their dreams but also have the proper education to attend these schools.
Sadie Sprague-Lott is a junior at Science Leadership Academy and an intern with Parents United for Public Education.