Class of 2021 Makes College Decisions

By Chloe Boyd, Reporter

As the school year comes to a close, many seniors have committed to various colleges and universities all over the world. While the majority of students are continuing their education in Texas, several are planning to study in other states and countries. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the college commitment process, primarily by restricting travel and large get-togethers for graduating students.

Even so, many are still excited for the journey ahead. With over 80 college destinations, seniors are ready to leave Westwood and go above and beyond with their education. Many are already charting a path for their future careers.

“I’ll be attending the University of Texas at Austin to double major in Business and Plan II Honors. I’m excited for the opportunity to get to study a wide range of topics and disciplines,” Anika Chokhavatia ‘21 said. “I can’t wait for the next chapter of my life.”

Chokhavatia has been preparing for college all throughout her high school career. She is eager to go to the University of Texas so she can finally explore all that she’s been working towards.

“While there were certainly a lot of challenges this year, I’ve had the chance to be introspective, define my goals for the future, and just grow overall,” Chokhavatia continued. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to continue my education, dive into subjects that interest me, and find new ways to improve my community through what I learn.”

Seniors leaving the state are also enthusiastic about their upcoming adventures. Srilekha Cherukavada ‘21 is excited to be attending the University of Michigan in the fall.

“It’s a little scary since I’m going out of state, but it’s a new experience that I’m looking forward to!” Cherukavada said.

Other destinations include a great variety of states in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast. With college decisions reaching across three countries and two continents, Westwood’s graduating seniors will be heading in many different directions for the next four years. Fortunately, as the vaccine rollout continues, COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being moderated, and the upcoming fall semester could possibly be normalized for the Class of 2021.

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