Students discuss how W.Va. school system prepared them for college

West Virginia’s public education system ranks much closer to last place than first. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia’s public education system ranks much closer to last place than first.

In just a few months many high school seniors will become college students.

In one Herbert Hoover High School English class, college was the topic of the day.

"May 24th is going to be here for you know it,” School Counselor, Kim Parsons said.

Parsons’ job is to keep seniors on track for graduation and what comes next.

"They want to know everything from how am I going to keep myself organized and time management, to what major I’m going to do,” Parsons said.

Emily Cox plans to major in biology.

"Personally, I feel like I have excelled in English and science and things like,” Cox said.

When it comes to math, it’s a different story.

"There's not really a surplus of math teachers in West Virginia period, not just at Hoover. I mean, my math education has not necessarily taken a hit. I feel like I’m on level, but I feel like I’m not as great at it as I am everything else,” Cox said.

College student, Tim Zuspan attended private school.

"My study techniques were pretty fine-tuned coming out of high school and so I feel prepared for each test,” Zuspan said.

Chandler O’Brien attended public school.

"I graduated with 400 people in my class, where somebody in private school maybe graduated with 40, so obviously the teachers have more people to care to and tend to so they're not going to be able to walk you through everything and hold your hand so that's when you have to step up,” O’Brien said.

Despite the state's education system ranking so low compared to the rest of the United States, Parsons says teachers' focus remains on the students.

"For us you know, we come to school every day. We try our best to help these kids go out and become successful adults to help better the state,” Parsons said.

Students also said a way they prepare for college is by talking to former classmates who are in college now. The school invites them back each year to answer questions about studying, work load, and what to expect when they become a college student.

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