End of the Line

Senior Lauren Eurich plans for life after high school


Bayleigh Koch

College is on the horizon for Lauren Eurich and she continues to look more into her future.“I really liked Arizona State and other Arizona schools,” Eurich (21) said. “I am also really interested in a study abroad program called Semester at Sea. I really like the idea of taking a cruise and being out at sea, but still being able to take college classes.”

Find a job, join the military, travel the world, continue your schooling. More roads lead out of high school than out of Rome. Even after choosing a certain path there are far more possibilities branching out from even a single decision. This intricate intersection between childhood and the “real world”, is rapidly approaching for senior Lauren Eurich who stands just 261 days from the end of her high school career. “After high school, I’m planning on going to college,” Eurich said. “I’ve been looking at a number of schools. I was accepted at Arizona State, and I have also applied at Grand Canyon University, as well as local schools like the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.”
Eurich has built a strong resume in her three full years at GHS. She is a veteran of the show choir program as well as participating in a multitude of activities and classes. This includes taking courses in German and Drawing, and being the Arts and Entertainment

As the year progresses for Lauren Eurich, emotions run higher. “I am excited to be on my fourth year of high school,” Eurich (21) said. “I am worried about if I will be able to finish my senior year in the classroom rather than on a laptop screen.” (Kathy Johnson Photography)

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“College is expensive,” Eurich said. “ I am hoping that I can use my experiences here to get scholarships and financial aid to help pay for school.”
In terms of schools, Eurich is narrowing her options. She has all but decided that she wants to major in journalism, enjoying the idea of being able to expose the truth and help keep people informed. Where she wants to go, though, is still up in the air. The process of choosing a school is more complicated than usual, with the inability to go on college visits due to the pandemic.
“I really liked Arizona State and the other Arizona schools,” Eurich said. “The culture seems amazing, the weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful. And, you know, it is not Nebraska.”
She is also concerned with finding a good study abroad opportunity. The Semester at Sea program sponsored by Colorado State University has been the one to catch her eye so far. The 30,000 dollar, four-month excursion is conducted on a cruise ship and visits 11 countries around the world. There are several different course options and one required class in global studies.
“This program looks fun,” Eurich said. “I really like the idea of taking a cruise and being out at sea, but still being able to take college classes. You get to go around the world, and I am looking for an adventure.”
In spite of the excitement conjured up by grandiose ideas of adventure, the decision-making deadline fast approaching, Eurich is diligently researching and applying herself while making the most important decisions of her young life.