The first wave of college acceptances are rolling in for the Ojai Valley School Class of 2021, bringing early news of dream school acceptances and bright futures for more than half of the OVS seniors.
As of Jan. 22, members of the Class of 2021 have racked up 34 college acceptances, and more good news will start to come their way as the new year unfolds. Among the first of the college acceptances are seniors Meline Ellwanger, Ethan Gao, and Izabella Slosberg.
Meline applied to Montana State University in Bozeman Montana, which is her top choice, and successfully got accepted into her dream school.
“I applied to Montana State University in Bozeman because I wanted a school that could offer me a good program in zoology/ecology, as that is what I am most interested in and focused on! But the main point for me was close proximity to wildlife,” Meline explained. “I want to be able to continue my wildlife photography during college without having to travel huge distances. Montana State can give me exactly that.”
For Meline, the news of her recent college acceptance would be the first step of looking into the future of her education as well as her photography.
“When I go to college in 2022, I want to study Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. I want to use my weekends to go to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park to do my wildlife photography,” said Meline. “I also want to be a part of the Wyoming untrapped program, in which they address the problem of wildlife trapping, and I want to spread awareness about it through my wildlife photography on social media.”
For Ethan, the college application process is far underway, having already applied to nine out of the fifteen colleges he is looking into. Ethan got accepted into the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Purdue University, but he is still waiting on word from multiple colleges.
Similarly, Bella has applied to the majority of her chosen schools and is receiving decisions rapidly. Her hard work and dedication to academics and her studies have to lead her to eight college acceptances, and it is still very early in the game.
“So far, I have gotten accepted and offered a merit scholarship to each school I applied to that has released their admissions decisions,” explained Bella.
Bella has received more $300,000 worth of scholarship offers and schools including Reed College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Oregon, and these successes are only the beginning as she waits on hearing back from her top schools.
“UCSB is my top choice because it’s close to home and I can stay close to my triathlon team while still being independent,” she explained. “It also has a great environmental science program and good sports programs as well.”
For Bella, the application process has been nothing but positive thus far and she has had phenomenal outcomes from the three schools she has heard back from.
“I didn’t realize how great it feels to get a letter or email and see you got accepted,” Bella said. “ It feels like everything I’ve done so far is starting to pay off and it is such a rewarding feeling, especially in these crazy times with COVID.”Share