Written by Leslie Cepeda – College Access Advisor at Cyprus High School

This time of year, high school seniors from all over the United States are making their college decisions. While National College Decision Day is May 1, many Utah high schools celebrate Decision Month all throughout April and May. High school seniors gather during lunch or after school and celebrate their post-high school plans.

EAST-2East High School seniors (pictured above) celebrated their Decision Day by eating cake and signing colorful pennants representing the colleges and universities they will be attending.


Hunter High School seniors (pictured above) celebrated their Decision Day with basketball and volleyball tournaments, college swag raffles, pizza, and cake.



Cyprus High School honors Decision Day by inviting the whole school to a Senior Celebration Assembly on the football field. The goal was to celebrate seniors’ post-high school plans and to inspire younger students to go to college. Each senior dressed in attire representing their post-high school paths, including college, military service, employment, or religious service. Representatives from the community, StepUp Utah, the military, and Utah’s colleges and universities attended the event. After the assembly, seniors went to the main gym to eat pizza and cake, participate in raffles, talk to representatives, and play games.



Why college is one of the most exciting time of your life?

College is one of the most exciting times of your life. College opens doors to amazing opportunities and allows you to explore your passions, discover your path, and expand your knowledge and skills. According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, by 2020, 64% of all jobs in Utah and 65% of all jobs in the USA will require postsecondary education. Thus, earning a certificate or degree will give you more job options and financial security. When it’s time to make your college decision, just make sure to choose one that will allow you to thrive and gain the knowledge, resources, and experiences you will need to be successful.



leslie-cepeda-lgLeslie Cepeda was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated in May 2015 from the University of Utah with her BA in Anthropology Health Emphasis and a minor in Human Biology. As undergrad, she was a LEAP Peer Advisor, VP for NSLS, Lead Presidential Ambassador, CHCI intern for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, BEACON mentor, and RMCOEH research assistant. Currently, she is a College Access Advisor at Cyprus High School. Leslie helps high school seniors like her who come from low-income, first generation, and/or diverse backgrounds to have college access. Leslie helps her students apply for colleges, scholarships, FAFSA, retake ACT, and anything college related. Leslie will start this fall at the University of Utah her Masters of Education in Student Affairs and work as Assistant Area Coordinator in the Housing & Residential Education Department. Leslie is fluent in English, Spanish, and loves dancing, singing, traveling, mentoring, and learning about different cultures.