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Morgan Myrvold and Jared Bresko are two Estacada High seniors in the process of applying to college

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MORGAN MYRVOLD - Estacada High School senior Morgan Myrvold  plans to study to be an elementary school teacher after graduation.

At this time of year, many Estacada High School Seniors are looking to the future.

Earlier this month, seniors at the high school participated in college application week, an annual event during which college admissions officers and volunteers were available to help students with the process of applying to schools and for scholarships. Seniors could win prizes if they participated.

Morgan Myrvold and Jared Bresko are two Estacada High seniors in the process of applying to college.

"(The application process) has been smooth," Myrvold said. "I've had no troubles with it. I'm the first person in my family to really go to college, so I didn't know what to expect."

Myrvold, who hopes to be an elementary school teacher, has applied to Corban University, George Fox University, Western Oregon University, Concordia University and Linfield College.

Bresko plans to study nursing and has applied to George Fox University, Corban University, Linfield College and Harding University in Arkansas. He hasn't decided which school is his first choice, but he's particularly interested in Harding University.

"I did a college visit there, and it's a beautiful campus, the people are great and they have a good nursing program," Bresko said. "I have a friend who goes there, and she's also going into nursing."

He noted that one element of the application process that he found surprising was "how early you can apply, and how quickly some colleges get back to you."

Myrvold encouraged future seniors to begin the application process sooner rather than later.

"Start looking at college applications before senior year starts," she said. "The deadlines are different."

Bresko agreed.

"Apply as soon as you can. Don't wait," he advised. "Get it done so you can relax."

When discussing the most difficult aspects of the college application process, both students cited writing admissions essays.

"For some of the schools, you're supposed to write about faith-based topics, and it's nerve-wracking to know that people might be judging your personal stories," Myrvold said.

Though some parts of the process were difficult, Bresko thought it was definitely worth it in the end.

"It feels good to get an acceptance letter," he said.

Bresko and Myrvold enjoyed visiting different colleges.

"It's a really important decision, and it's a really fun (visit)," Myrvold said.

Bresko added that Harding University "has porch swings to study on around campus. It's similar to OSU in looks, but it's a medium-sized college."

They're both looking forward to starting on new academic journeys next year.

"I'm excited for the experiences and atmosphere that will be there, and meeting new people and diving into a new chapter of life," Myrvold said.

Bresko thinks the new

chapter "is going to be awesome."

"I'll see what I'm made of, being out on my own, especially if I go to Arkansas," he said.

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