by GEORGINA MADOK | special to 92131 Magazine

Falcons Prepare to Leave the Nest

With summer well underway, most Scripps Ranch High students are worrying about how to spend all their free time. However, for some, this summer marks the end of childhood, as soon they will be off to college.

Come fall, Anika Jessup will be off to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. Jessup is excited for the new opportunities Middlebury holds for her, in particular the ability to delve into fields she’s passionate about. “I am hoping to get a joint major in environmental studies and food studies,” Jessup commented. The small class sizes, campus sustainability, and student farms really spoke to Jessup throughout the college process, and now she can’t wait to be one of the “Midd Kids.”

Also traveling east is Eileen Huang, who will be attending Northeastern University in Boston. Huang looks forward to studying business, as well as taking part in the opportunities Northeastern provides. “Northeastern offers co-ops in which students are given the chance to take a break from school for intervals of time (usually six months) to get hands-on experience within a company,” Huang stated. Being part of both city life and traditional college campus life gives Huang the best of both worlds, and makes her feel ready to begin the next chapter of her life.

Leanne Dugan is staying local with her college pick, and is looking forward to attending University of California San Diego. “This school really chose me,” Dugan said. “I’ve been doing research under some professors at UCSD for about a year now, so I will be able to continue that, which is really valuable.” Dugan likes how she’ll be able to experience college life, but stay close to home.

We wish the best to all graduating Falcons, and hope they soar no matter where life takes them.

Georgina Madok is a junior at Scripps Ranch High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92131 Magazine.