College application frenzy kicks into high gear for CISD seniors

Seventeen-year-old Heidy Benitez is a busy teenager, juggling schoolwork, extracurriculars and volunteer hours. Although she’s used to her marathon schedule, she’s been anxious lately.

As a senior at Oak Ridge High School, Benitez is stressed about college applications. She spends what little free time she has at her computer, where she prepares essays and goes over her applications with a fine-toothed comb.

“Applying to college is definitely scary for sure. It’s a whole new chapter in your life that you’re starting, and it’s frightening to go into it not knowing what you’re doing, and that’s how I felt like,” Benitez said. “It’s not something easy to deal with, thinking that you’re not going to come back to the same school.”

Benitez is one of more than 3,000 seniors expected to graduate from the Conroe Independent School District in 2016. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and will be the first in her family to attend college, which has been both a source of pride and stress. click here for complete story