Freeport seniors prepare for college life

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

Simmons has applied for the Student Ambassador Leadership program at Northwest Florida State College, where she'll be attending in the fall. While undecided in what she'll ultimately study, Simmons knows she'd like a career that serves children, a passion of hers.

"Maybe a kindergarten teacher or a pediatrician," she said.

In taking the next step to college, Simmons only has a little apprehension.

"I'm a little nervous to be out of my comfort zone and meeting new people," she said. "In high school, you know everybody."

While Duross will be heading to Gainesville, she isn't nervous to be alone. Her boyfriend Joseph Petrone will be attending UF in the fall as well.

When it comes to the incoming freshman next school year, Duross and Simmons advise ninth graders to try everything and enjoy every last minute.

"It's going to fly by," Duross said. "So everyone should soak it in and enjoy it."

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