How to decide your post-high school plans during a pandemic

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An empty high school.
North High School in North St. Paul is empty March 18. High school seniors are navigating uncharted territory. How should they decide their post-high school plans during a pandemic?
Evan Frost | MPR News

Friday would have been a momentous day for many high school seniors. 

May 1 is National Decision Day, when students get to choose what college or university they will attend in the fall.

But the coronavirus pandemic has upended those plans. 

How important is the college environment to you? Would you commit to a college or university you can’t visit or physically attend in the fall?  Are you deferring and taking a gap year instead?


Phil Trout is a college counselor at Minnetonka High School

Holly Evans is a school counselor at Mankato East High School and sits on the governing board of the Minnesota School Counselor Association.

Geoff Wilson is the executive director of the Minnesota branch for College Possible, a national nonprofit focused on getting low-income students into college.

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