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The College query

posted Oct 13, 2019, 2:16 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Grant Gervais
Features Reporter

After twelve grueling years of primary and secondary education, all students hit a crossroad. A decision that has been anticipated at every family reunion, Thanksgiving and Christmas for the last four years. The course of one’s life will be changed in an instant. The question at hand is all about college. 

From a senior’s perspective, the college application process can be a daunting task. From 500 word essays, to documenting every class that you’ve ever taken, students dread this extra work load on top of regular school curriculum. Teachers on the other hand, have all been through this process. Three Moorhead High School teachers were generous enough to give their extensive wisdom and perspective on the college query. 

Richard Feir, a second year economics teacher at Moorhead High School, attended Minnesota State University Moorhead for his tertiary education. As Feir explains, he is happy with his college decision. MSUM provided a fairly cheap, local opportunity for him that other colleges simply couldn’t provide. Feir not only learned a wealth of information, but he also met his wife of three years, Julie Feir. Julie was an education major that just so happened to be passing between classes at the perfect time to bump into Mr. Feir. So clearly, Feir chose the right school for a few reasons. In his words of advice, he said that no one reason can be considered when choosing a school, the best plan of action is to weigh a wide variety of benefits from each college.

Andrew Tichy, journalism guru and nationally renowned speech and debate coach, was eager to weigh his side of the story. Tichy also attended MSUM. Contrary to Feir, Tichy went for not one, but two degrees. First majoring in mathematical education, he decided math just wasn’t for him. So Tichy returned to gain a degree in mass communications. Despite this long and winding road, Tichy stands with Feir in that they wouldn’t change a thing about their college decisions if provided the opportunity. Put in just a few words, Tichy said that without MUSM he never would have ended up teaching at Moorhead High School, he would have never become a journalism teacher and finally, he never would have had such a huge role in forensics. So for these two teachers, it was less about the college and more about where the college took them. 

While ignoring the assumption that life would be dramatically changed had she changed where she had gone to college, Audrey Erickson, a veteran AP humanities teacher, was eager to change her basis of education. Erickson attended North Dakota State University in search of a secondary social studies education degree. Erickson claimed that the largest reason she went to NDSU was that it wasn’t far from her family’s home in Fargo. Bearing this regret with her, Erickson encouraged her two children to tour colleges around the state, as well as the city. After rigorous touring, neither of her children had chosen NDSU to follow their mother. As she quotes her son, “NDSU would be perfect, if it was just in another town.” 

So what can a senior gather from all of this knowledge? After gathering some supporting evidence, it is simple. Tichy expressed that it’s not all about the school, but more where the school can take you, Feir taught it’s important to assess all aspects of a college, not just the bells and whistles, and finally, Erickson pushed the absolute necessity of touring colleges. In the next six months as millions of young adults make life changing choices, hopefully, these teacher’s responses can provide a sense of guidance.


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