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Former Lancer makes her way through college to a fantastic career

John Barkiple

John Barkiple


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“THE MORE you write, the better you get at it,” Kenadee Hatch (‘11) said. Hatch visited Granger High’s journalism class to give Mr. Carlisle’s students advice on being journalists and succeeding in college.

“Relearn to study, take the time to study and to relearn how to study right. College is different from high school; therefore, your studying habits will have to change. Manage your time so you can study and do all of the other things that you have to do,” Hatch said.

When Lancers have a test in high school, they normally study the night before, then take the test in class the next day.

“It’s way different studying for college than it is in high school. In high school, if you do your work and stay on top of your homework, you’re pretty well set, right? In college, I spend hours reading textbooks. If I want to do really well in a class, I would make note cards to study on the go,” Hatch said.

Aside from relearning to study, students also need to find a way to pay for college. There are many ways to pay for schooling. Students can get an extra job, look for scholarships, or find other options through different colleges to pay for schooling. There are many financial responsibilities students have to take care of. Hatch found a great way to pay for her schooling.

“Get good grades, that’s one of the many things you can do to get a scholarship to the school that you want. Take advantage of your resources and opportunities. Do a lot of internships and make good use of your time,” Hatch said.

Hatch wasn’t just a high school journalist. She also danced for Granger’s Excaliburs and Dance Company. She went to the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and Westminster. At these colleges, she used her resources and found her job at Fusion 360 (an advertisement company). At her job, she does something similar to journalism, but for advertisement.

“When I applied for schools, I only applied at the University of Utah and Westminster College, looking back I wish I would have applied for more, even some out of state. Just to see if I had a chance,” Hatch said.

Full ride, half tuition, or even just a scholarship—money for college is money for college. What kind of scholarships students get depends largely on grades and what students have done in high school.

“First, scholarships are not automatically the ‘full ride’ many people believe them to be,” as stated on the website.

Full ride scholarships are also based on the grades students maintain while in college as well. Students have to maintain a certain GPA and fulfill other requirements depending on the scholarships they receive.

“Your high school may require a set number of required hours for community service, but some colleges do not. Two hours a week, every week for three years is much more impressive than 300 hours in the summer before your senior year,” as stated on the website.

That being said, it’s better to slowly, steadily earn hours of community service, rather than rush and try to earn all the community service hours right before senior year or college.

“I was actually part of LAT during my senior year so I had a lot of service under my belt. Whether we were cleaning up highways or just going to the nursing home to hang out, there was always something going on. I wish I had done more throughout high school, because that’s the kind of stuff you can use to get scholarships,” Hatch said.

How many hours of service students get all depends on what scholarship the students are trying to apply for. Students can have 162 hours of community service or they can have none. However, it is easier to get scholarships when a student has more hours of community service, and it looks better on a resume.

“My parents both attended the U of U. My dad got his degree there and my mom only took a few classes, so they were both fans of me going there. However, when I got the scholarship offer to Westminster, it seemed pretty prestigious, so they were excited about that,” Hatch said.

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