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September 28, 2012

What steps to take if you want to attend college



The website is You need to visit this website to request a PIN number at least a week before filling out the FAFSA. You will create a username and will need your PIN number to fill out the actual application. Once you have zeroed in on the school, check to see if they offer any first-generation scholarships, since no one in your family has ever gone to college.

Think about this: Make sure your study habits are good and you aren’t going to school just because of friends and social life. Please don’t be afraid to ask any adult at the school questions you might have. We know it can be a little intimidating when no one before you has experienced this. All the best.

Q: What do you think about tattoos while in high school?

A: Well, there is a little information lacking. Are you a parent? A high school student? A sixth-grader? In any case, we can certainly tell you what we think.

Tattoos are permanent, life-long symbols. Although you may feel committed to something or someone right now, it could and probably will change. It’s very expensive to have a tattoo lasered off, for example — not to mention the pain. It also doesn’t really go away completely.

Our best advice is to wait until you are an adult and have experienced some of what life has to offer. One of us has some small tattoos, as do four or five of our children. We were all older and made the decision after a lot of thought and planning. Also, if you aren’t 18, a parent will have to sign a permission waiver. Put lots of thought into this and don’t act impulsively.

Sally Phillips and Jeannie DeLancey are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children and Sally has three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district. Send questions to or mail them to Class Act, The Norman Transcript, P.O. Drawer 1058, Norman, 73070.

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