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High School Grads, What’s Your Next Move And How Has COVID-19 Impacted It?




A high school graduate presents her baccalaureate certificate in her car during the ceremony of awarding of the Gesamtschule Bruenninghausen school at a drive-in cinema in Dortmund, western Germany, on June 18, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
A high school graduate presents her baccalaureate certificate in her car during the ceremony of awarding of the Gesamtschule Bruenninghausen school at a drive-in cinema in Dortmund, western Germany, on June 18, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
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Like many other people around the world, students graduating high school this year have been put in a tough spot.

They’ve had to consider whether to push forward with higher education plans, maybe take a gap year or head directly into the workforce. Colleges and universities are also in a tough spot as officials have weighed their school year options over the last several months. Every institution has different plans and expectations. Some are already backing away from in-person classes after outbreaks. 

A recent survey found that around 40 percent of incoming freshmen believed it unlikely that they would attend a four year residential college this year, according to Inside Higher Ed. A high percentage of returning students also questioned whether they’d be back. This poses challenges for institutions. It also adds to an already complicated situation for current high school seniors as it could create a more competitive pool of applicants next year. Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, AirTalk has opened the phones to high school seniors to see what plans they were considering as the school year came to an end. Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from those listeners again. Since graduating, what plans have you made? Are you taking a year off? Are you pushing forward with college? What challenges have you faced in making your determinations, and what has your experience been like? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

If you are a high school student heading into college, we’d love to hear about your experience. Share your story here

Guests:

Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed; he tweets @ScottJaschik

Jill Replogle, college pathway reporter at KPCC; she tweets at @JillRep