Preparing for secondary education can be a daunting task, so juniors had the opportunity to start their planning now.

Students had the option to visit La Crosse for a college fair October 4. This was so they could start thinking about their future and get talking to college representatives from all over the country.

“For any student who is interested in college, I would advise them to visit as many college campuses as possible, big and small, near and far. The reason is that is how you find your fit for college,” said Ethan Fickau, admissions counselor for Drake University

Some students when faced with making these big decisions can feel apprehensive, while others are excited for what they will be able to achieve in the future.

“I’m excited to be a senior next year because it’s my last year,” said junior Makenna Fredrickson. “I’ll be able to take it easy and focus on what I really want to do with my life after high school.”

Junior Anna Lien agrees that being a senior will definitely be a different experience. Most are willing to take on the challenge and see what their new life will have in store.

“I am excited because I’ll have my college stuff figured out, hopefully know what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Lien said. “It’ll be new beginnings, meeting new people, but it’s going to be sad to leave everyone I know behind and be out in the real world.”

While some students are ready to move on, others who have no idea where to start. Preparing for college is a huge task and there are so many options, students can get lost in all of the opportunities. Ting Wong Admissions counselor UW-Parkside, gave several tips for students.

“I would take math and English your senior year for sure,” said Wong. “Take the ACT twice if your score is below a 21. And then I would also, at college fairs, take people’s business cards and email them if you’re struggling a little bit because we want to make sure that you can get all the help you need.”

Cassidy Boerger and Laura Hefty have no idea which direction their lives will go. In some ways this concerns students that they don’t already know what they are going to do with their life after high school. Trying new things and keeping an open mind, will help with planning.

“Journalism. I actually kind of got my kick when I did an internship with NBC in Milwaukee. I fell in love with it,” said journalism and mass communications major Fickau.

Earlier Fickau said that he went to school with the intention to major in marine biology. Remember plans can and will change. His advice is to try everything before you make any final decisions.

“I would say to all students, it’s okay to not know what you want to do,” said Fickau.  “College through electives, and trying different things. That’s how you find out what you want to do. Don’t panic. You got plenty of time it will present itself to you in due course.”