Imagine going into your senior year, during a worldwide pandemic,
where it seems like the world has come to a stop. All my years of school have
led up to this point and I feel like we are on pause.
My name is Alexis Wiggs and welcome to my senior year. I am 17 years
old and attend Lake Norman Charter High School in Huntersville, NC. All the
important milestones that every teenager dreams about during their last year
of high school now looks different for the class of 2021. Not being able to see
my friends all throughout the summer and school year was hard but necessary
to keep everyone safe.
During the height of the pandemic, I ended up getting a job at a local
eatery. I worked 35+ hours a week on top of taking college courses at the local
community college, AP classes, completing college applications and essays,
as well as my regular classes at Lake Norman Charter. It was a lot. I had to
make a decision because I was balancing so many obligations at once.
Eventually, I decided to take a leave of absence from my job to solely
focus on school and college applications. Throughout those couple of months,
I gathered all admission requirements which included letters of
recommendation, college essays, and transcripts. I applied to a total of seven
schools: St. Andrews University, Barton University, the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University, Appalachian State University, Elon University, and Spelman
College. I was accepted into all seven and acquired more than $100,000 in
internal scholarships. Through severe deliberation, I narrowed seven down to
two, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Spelman
College. Regardless of the school I decide to attend, I plan to double major in
biology and criminal justice with a concentration in forensics.
While this year has been different, I have had the opportunity to spend
more time with my family, set up a workspace for my classes, and pick up
some new hobbies. College visits have been suspended so I have to find
creative ways to learn more about the schools that I am interested in. Yes,
this year has been different and challenging in more ways than one but I’m
excited for my last year of high school and what the future holds.