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How to survive college: a guide for incoming freshmen

WCHS Class of 2018 alumna Francesca Moore and her friends attended a football game at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2019

The thought of college can be scary for students of any age, especially since many do not know what to expect. College is supposed to be an amazing experience that gives young adults the chance to become independent, choose a career path and have fun, but it is also a lot to handle. The first semester...

College acceptance videos create stress

College acceptance videos create stress

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2018

As the student opens his application portal and types in his password, a swarm of his friends watch intently with looks of worry written all over their faces. After a seemingly infinite stretch of silence, screams erupt from everyone as the room turns into a mosh pit. He got in. This is a description...

New bill lowers college cost

Photos of MD governer Larry Hogan. Hogan signed the new bill for free MD community colleges to be implemented in 2019.

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 20, 2018

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed into law a bill which makes community colleges in the state of Maryland tuition-free for qualifying residents. The legislation will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships for up to 5,000 students from families that earn less than $125,000 a...

New WCHS athlete commitments make community proud

(From right to left) Seniors Jack Butler, Nick Wagman, and Nick Smyth committed to colleges they’ll be attending in the 2019-2020 school year.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2018

The one thing on the mind of CHS students during the fall of their senior year is college applications: where to apply, when to apply, what you need for each school. For boys varsity football seniors Nick Wagman, Nick Smyth and Jack Butler, their application process for college is slightly differe...

Virtual college tours allow students to visit from home

Virtual tours give students the opportunity to experience a college first-hand, all from their bedroom.

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

November 1, 2017

When our parents were teenagers, if they could not take off work, or could not afford it, they would not be able to visit a college where they planned to apply. But in our technological age, it is now possible to visit a college without even leaving your bedroom. celebrated twenty years of p...

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

By Observer Opinion

March 29, 2017

College is an expensive investment into a student’s future. At CHS, most of students’ daily lives and choices revolve around earning amazing grades and outstanding test scores so they receive admittance to their dream school. But as college tuitions continue to rise, the cost of the college application...

Focusing on Character Won’t Lead to More Compassion

A new college admissions movement, led by Harvard, seeks to emphasize applicants’ character as much as other qualities.

By Fiona Asbury, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2016

College admissions officers face a daunting task: they must take piles of paper and weave them into a qualified, enthusiastic and cohesive student body, a group of students who will band together and change the world. As admissions officers sift through applications, they look for individuals with a...

CHS musicians work to attain college scholarships

By Peter Durand, Social Media Editor

October 29, 2015

Scholarships often bring to mind thoughts of athletics, internships, and academic merit. However, music is a significant means of attracting prestigious schools and scholarships. Many of Churchill’s top musicians go on to pursue music in college, with about five percent of seniors in the music program...

Early High School Recruiting: Not as Effective

Current College athletes (Daniel Dibono, David Fitzgerald and Kali Becker) signed their binding commitments to play in college.

By Cristian Edwards and Nathan Gertler

October 29, 2015

For most high school athletes aspiring to further their athletic experience, the next step is to play in college. However, the cruel realities of college recruiting serve as a daunting process for students. Each sport has its own unique rules, regulations and flaws in terms of the high school recruiting...

New program to replace Common Application

Senior Brittney Burwell logs into her Common Application account.

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

October 29, 2015

Come next summer, there will be another option for applying to college to rival the Common Application, an organization that has been used by college applicants for 40 years to apply to over 600 institutions worldwide. Current juniors and sophomores will most likely not be affected, but freshmen and...

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager

October 29, 2015

If a student skips class, he or she is more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Given the choice between attending University of Michigan’s college presentation or an AP class, a student is stuck with a tough decision. He has the desire to learn about the university and how to...

College endowments should be taxed

Harvard's doors open only for those who can pay the gatekeeper.

By Yash Nigam, Senior Writer

May 21, 2015

While the American tax code has always had loopholes, political and financial analysts across the country have found what seems to be a gaping crater in tax regulation: college endowments. It may come as a shock to many when they see a list of the endowments of the top 10 American colleges. If one ...

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