May 1 is an exciting day for many high school seniors. It's decision day, when students commit to college — and send in those deposits — to hold their spot on campus.
Across the country, schools celebrate the achievement in different ways. Some hold assemblies where students get up and announce their decisions. In other places, students wear their college gear — a T-shirt or ball cap or sweatshirt.
Walk down any high school hallway — or sit in a college adviser's office — and you'll likely hear a chorus of "Where are you going next year? What's your school choice? Where are you going?"
That's what I hear in an adviser's office at McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C. The room is abuzz with activity. Students are filling out scholarship prompts, trying to access their financial award letters to inform last minute decisions and announcing their final college choice to anyone who asks.
Alexis Liggins, a senior, is hunched over her laptop, putting the final touches on a scholarship application due tomorrow. She's committed to Florida A&M University — a highly ranked public, historically black university in Tallahassee, Fla. — and she's planning to major in biology. When she visited the campus earlier this year, she said she just knew.