BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The journey to a college degree starts with filling out an application. But many students don't know how to take those first steps, or where to turn for help.
On Wednesday, admissions counselors from colleges and universities across Mississippi walked more than 350 Biloxi High seniors through the process.
"We have a whole hour just to apply to as many colleges as you can. So, I think that's really a great opportunity just to have it here instead of going home and pushing it off until graduation time and not knowing where you are going to be able to go," said Biloxi High senior Ally Langlinais.
The application day was part of "College Countdown Mississippi", a new, state-wide initiative to make it easier for seniors to apply. Every Biloxi High senior was required to apply to a four-year university or a community college in Mississippi.
Deterrian Jones says the program gave him the motivation he needed.
"I've been kind of procrastinating, so this event made you do it right now. So, I'm kind of happy," said Jones.
Biloxi High's Career Center Manager Christy Arnold also appreciated the assistance. Her job is to open up her students' eyes to more college choices and scholarship opportunities, and guide them on the path to success.
"I just like to see them succeed, I love to see them happy. I love it when they come home and tell me, 'Oh my gosh, we're having so much fun here.' It's the most rewarding thing you could do," said Arnold.
Ten South Mississippi high schools are among more than 20 schools participating in College Countdown activities in October; including free application for Federal Student Aid days and college signing days.