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Destination College - New Hampshireís Statewide Annual College Planning Event
On March 16, 2013, families from Nashua to Berlin gathered at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH for the 14th annual college convention for high school juniors and parents. All of the day's events were FREE to students and parents. Attendees enjoyed a variety of free college planning workshops, a wonderful keynote speaker and had the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair. This signature event for high school juniors and parents is a collaborative effort between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. We offer our sincere appreciation to the faculty and staff at Plymouth State University for hosting this special event.
Check out the 2013 DC Gallery for pictures of this year's event. Congratulations to the winner of this year's Destination College Keynote Speech Contest and the $1000 college scholarship, Erin DíAleo from Plymouth Regional High School. Here are some highlights from her speech:
"It's watching the sand flowing out of the hourglass and sitting agonizingly still, hoping that time will speed up. And itís listening to the people behind the locked door who just cannot make up their minds and they stand, deliberating, for hours on end while someone waits for an answer on the other side.
Thatís not to say that filling out the multitude of papers for both college and scholarship applications wasnít drudgery, and the enormous pile of essays that accumulated didnít weigh heavily on my mind, but although the combination of keeping up my grades and taking SATís werenít difficult, the waiting for acceptance has just about killed meÖ
I decided that I didnít want to be a number, merely another anonymous person amongst a sea of faces that people pass by without actually noticing them. Throughout my college search, I was looking to find a college or university that would notice me for what I could do well and for who I was as a person. This made choosing colleges to apply for no trivial pursuit, instead, my mother and I spent hours searching the Internet and narrowing down the exorbitant number of fliers and letters that came addressed to me in the mail. So thanks, Mom. Sometimes the number of college-related items in our mailbox numbered twenty or more. All that I could think was, my goodness, how am I ever going to decide?"
Thank you to all of the volunteers and attendees who made this another great year, we will see you in 2014!