She claims she does not study all the time, but she definitely does study. Her secret is to just give it her all!
It's a nerve-wracking experience, awaiting your college acceptance letters, right? Most students have to apply to several schools and they wait to hear back from them. They hear back from a couple of colleges and then decide which one they want to spend the next four years of their life. But not for Jordan Nixon from Atlanta, who has to choose between nearly 40 college options! It's going to take a lot of narrowing down for her to choose the school she wants to go to, or does she already have one chosen? While choosing schools, she wanted a college with a diverse student body and offered International Business as a major, according to CBS 46.
Little did she know she would be accepted into 39 colleges and would be awarded $1.6 million in scholarships. “The crazy thing is, I’m still waiting on decision letters, but I was not expecting that at all,” said 17-year-old Nixon. Her school, Douglas County High claims its the highest number of acceptance letters any student has ever received. “We’re so happy for her because she does put in a lot of due diligence into applying for these schools,” said Nixon’s parents Angelia and Arthur Nixon.
Her parents describe Nixon as an independent, active and well-rounded participant in several extracurricular activities at school. “I am one of the captains of the varsity cheer team at Douglass County, I’m in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and I also participate in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America),” the soon-to-be college student said. Nixon claims she applied to 50 colleges, but she did not think she'd get almost 40 acceptance letters.
“It’s shocking, each and every time, you’re taken aback every time you open one,” said Nixon. We're all wondering how she managed to get accepted to so many colleges. “I don’t study all the time, but I definitely do study, I think my secret is to just give it my all," Nixon told Fox 5 Atlanta."Don't invest yourself in social media because at the end of the day, what does it do for you? You just need to do something yourself and don't pay attention to what others say."
There are several children like Nixon who head to college right after school, but it seems like there's some benefit in taking a year's break between school and college. "I would hazard to say that there is at least as much educational value in an international or domestic gap year experience as there is in a freshman year of college," says Ethan Knight, executive director and founder of the Oregon-based nonprofit Gap Year Association, according to US News.
A gap year is "a semester or year of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or postsecondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional and personal awareness." Teenagers can travel, explore and focus on personal growth, as this kind of experience can help you open up your eyes and experience the world on a different level.
Most colleges and universities are now supportive of their students taking a gap year before they join, and some may even award them with a scholarship, so they can just take a year off and come back to join after that. Experts also claim there's been an increased awareness of gap year programs in recent years. While the concept has always been popular in Europe, it's just gained popularity in the U.S.
A gap year also acts as a much-needed break for those who have spent all these years studying and all they want to do is take a few months off and explore places, do what they could not when they were in school. There's a whole life ahead of them to study and work hard. One year may not seem like a long time, but it makes all the difference in the world to someone who needs a change of scene from books and studying, as it's just a little time for them to get to know themselves.