By: Hannah Huff
The sound of going to college for free is pleasing to everyone, but the process to receive that incredible opportunity is stressful and takes a lot of hard work.
Recently, a new group of juniors applied for this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program. They went through a long, tough process of filling out their applications and revising them over and over. The group just received the news that everyone who applied made it past regionals. Now they must make it past state and they will be Governor’s Scholars.
Junior Catie Prell was “very excited [receiving the news] because now we have a really good chance of making it past state.”
Prell believes that GSP will “be a great way to help prepare for college and meet new people around Kentucky.”
Awaiting the news for the results is nerve wracking, but seniors who were in the same position as the juniors advise them not to worry.
Senior Harper Shelton states, “The best advice is just to not be too stressed about it and have fun in the uncertainty. If you don’t get in, that’s okay. Plus, you’ll have this experience to grow on. If you do get in you’re going to have the best experience.”
Senior Josh Cooksey agrees by saying, “I would encourage them to keep staying involved and continue to be leaders in their community while it is easy to become complacent.”
The Juniors are eager to find out and are considering what they are hoping to expect during their experience at GSP.
Junior Trinity Johnson is “wishing for lifelong friendships and a lot of scholarship money. Hopefully there will be a lot of fun activities to do too.”
Cooksey states, “Anyone who goes to GSP will have a great time. You get to meet 300 new friends, build relationships with amazing people from across the state, and have five weeks of freedom. It gives you a taste of college and the opportunity to learn so much.”
He continues, saying, “My experience was wonderful and those five weeks are five weeks I will never forget. I will always be friends with the people I met there. I will continue to use everything I learned throughout my life. It is an awesome program and an honor to be a part of.”
Shelton also comments on the experience and expectations, saying, “ They can expect to meet new people just like them: people who drive in the academics but also have hobbies and passions and interests outside of just textbooks. New GSP members need to expect to learn things they thought they couldn’t and do things they never have.”
“My experience was great because I met people that were fun and I did so much with. I met people from across Kentucky that have had a different life than me and I got to see what makes us different and the same. I had experiences that I don’t think I would ever have had the chance to if it wasn’t for GSP.”
Juniors learn the results of who made it by May of this year. We are all hoping and wishing for every single junior who applied to make it into the program. Because for us, anyone can, but Male does.