Guidance staff members have some influence when students are trying to choose a school. Other factors like family, finances and the distance from home can make decisions easier or more difficult.
Pinkerton hosts a large college fair every year. Admission representatives from colleges all over the nation come to the Derry school to meet with students.
“Sometimes it’s more about finding out who you are and what you like,” Prabhakar said. “Sometimes the first decision won’t be the end all to what you want to do.”
Some students have definite plans in mind; others aren’t quite sure.
Trieb knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she was a little girl.
“I watched the movie ‘Legally Blonde’ and I thought I want to be there person who helps people and makes a difference,” she said.
Chappell said guidance staff then sat down with her to help her find schools that fit her goals and career path.
Corey Winship, 18, also knew where he is headed. He wants to be a dentist and started his college planning last fall. He could choose to attend St. Anselm College in Manchester, but still has time to decide.
“The early decision was very helpful,” he said. “It’s less stress.”
It’s a busy time in the guidance office, Chappell said. That’s not only for college-bound students or those searching for colleges, but for all the other students needing help with course selection, SAT preparation and direction.
Trieb said the guidance office was the place to be for lifetime planning work.
“They were very helpful,” she said. “The process was definitely easier.”