Resources are Available for Seniors Navigating College Applications


Haven Lloyd

The bulletin board outside of the guidance office provides information for seniors.

Haven Lloyd and Avery Lockhart

It’s college application time in Tennessee! Well, it’s actually college application time everywhere. Seniors across the country are scrambling to get everything in line to apply to their top choice schools.  

“Be aware of deadlines,” says Mrs. Hicks, “Make sure you set reminders on your phone so that you don’t miss deadlines because colleges are not forgiving.”

The counseling department has provided resources for seniors on the KHS Counseling Canvas page and the Karns High School website under school counseling. Information about scholarship opportunities, the transcript request form, FAFSA and financial aid information and other helpful information and resources for seniors can be found there. The scholarship bulletin found on the website and outside the counseling office is updated monthly. 

“Be willing to put the time and energy into it to find the scholarships and to apply for them,” says Ms. Buchanan, “You’re only gonna get what you put into it.” 

 Important factors to consider when choosing a college include location, cost, and majors offered. When you have narrowed down your list of colleges, it is important to schedule a visit or tour of those schools. An important part of making the decision of where to go is being able to see yourself living and attending school there. Karns offers two days of excused absences for college visits.

College applications typically require a recommendation letter from a teacher or another adult. Other adults who might make good recommendations include coaches, directors, club sponsors, or a teacher of a subject related to what you might want to major in. Choose the person that knows you best and make sure you give them at least two weeks to work on the letter. 

“I think if you’re really trying to be competitive, that taking some time to think about who knows you best in the school building is a pretty big decision,” Mrs. Hicks advises.

The counseling department is always willing to answer questions and help students through the college application process. Their contact information can be found on the Karns High School counseling page. The counselors advise students not to wait until the last minute to ask for help.

Mrs. Buchanan adds, “We’re definitely open to emails or appointments to discuss things as you come to that situation and you need to know more or need some guidance. We’re always available.”