Freshman Amelia Morrissey cheers on the graduating seniors with the rest of the pep squad. (Elizabeth Agazaryan / Golden Gate Xpress) (Elizabeth Agazaryan)
Freshman Amelia Morrissey cheers on the graduating seniors with the rest of the pep squad. (Elizabeth Agazaryan / Golden Gate Xpress)

Elizabeth Agazaryan

High school seniors look toward graduation, college life

December 8, 2021

Every year, hundreds of thousands of prospective students apply to 23 schools within the California State University system.

 For some, the university having their major is the only requirement. For others, having a good athletics department is a necessity when looking at schools to apply to.

Solana Martin, a senior at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, can’t wait to go to a school that has the facilities to continue her athletic career in soccer and volleyball at any level.

“I think I would [start an intramural team],” Martin said. “I would probably talk to some people, try and get some people together and try to start a team.” 

Intramural sports are structured sports leagues where students can interact with each other. But not every high school athlete specifically looks at the school’s athletic department before applying.

“Not so much,” high school senior Alexa Lara said in response to whether or not having a softball team affected where she applied. “My main goal is making sure that my major is there — and if it has sports, then that definitely helps.”

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Elizabeth Agazaryan
Elizabeth Agazaryan is a student at San Francisco State University majoring in Photojournalism with a minor in Anthropology. While photographing and writing, she has covered various levels of sports. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge of journalism, as well as sports, throughout her career. 
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Sabita Shrestha
Sabita Shrestha is the Xpress visuals editor for Spring 2022. She is finishing her last semester at SF State with a major in Photojournalism and minor in Labor Studies. Originally from Nepal, Shrestha came in the U.S. for an undergraduate degree in 2016 and transferred to SF State in 2019. Apart from student life, she enjoys reading, hiking, and having days off.

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