A Personal Journey to Higher Education

By Lana Sukkar, Class of 2020

March 20, 2019

Greetings, fellow passengers.  I am so glad you have gotten on board to witness what may be a bumpy ride - my journey to higher education.  Destination: unknown!   My name is Lana Sukkar and I am a junior at NDA.  I am here to share with you the totally unpredictable college admissions process.  

From elementary school, we students build upon our knowledge hoping to have a solid foundation to succeed in the “real world.”  For many, this first step towards “adulting” means going to college.  As you will come to know, I am a planner and have been preparing for this crucial time since pre-school (really, I have!).  Sure, I have garnered awards along the way, held leadership positions, and done more than my fair share of community service, but will this be enough to be granted admission to my dream school?  Who knows?  What do colleges look for in a student? What differentiates one applicant from the rest of the other qualified candidates? How do you make yourself stand out to an admissions counselor who has thousands of hopefuls on his or her desk? Unfortunately, I do not have a definitive answer for you, but I invite you to join me on this exciting adventure and hope that my insights will provide you with a better understanding of what to expect.

Allow me to begin by catching you up with my progress so far.  Trust me when I tell you that I have done everything in my power to ready myself for this quest.  In my opinion, one of the best things that I have done was to transfer to a Catholic School.  My parents felt that other schools were not focusing on language arts and they felt like this would leave me at a disadvantage when it came time to go to college. As painful as it is to admit, they were right.  I made the switch in Jr. High.  That school helped me so much with my grammar and punctuation (very important for standardized tests) and NDA has built upon that knowledge.  We are writing all the time in every class and this has made me a more confident writer.  I took the SAT and am awaiting my scores. I have visited several colleges including Dartmouth, Boston University, Northeastern, and most recently, Boston College (more about those visits later).  NDA has also provided me with several opportunities to participate in clubs such as Model UN, Student Council and the 1804 Society which I enjoy very much.  Getting leadership experience is very important for your college resume. Keep that in mind.  

My plan is to update you every month on my progress, or lack thereof.  You'll find my updates listed below. So, sit back and buckle your seat belts and prepare for potential turbulence ahead. 

Touring of Schools

May 7, 2019