Dora High student chooses distant college

Christina Calloway: Staff photo Dora High School senior Katie Bickley proudly holds up her acceptance letter to St. Olaf College in Minnesota, the school the honor student will be attending in the fall.

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Dora High School senior Katie Bickley proudly holds up her acceptance letter to St. Olaf College in Minnesota, the school the honor student will be attending in the fall.

By Christina Calloway
Senior writer
ccalloway@pntonline.com

Katie Bickley waltzed into the Do Drop In Friday with a smile she couldn’t contain and a glimmer in her eye that could only suggest she had big news to share.

Last month the Dora High School senior let Portales News-Tribune readers into her mind as she laid out her ideas for the ideal college, choosing among three schools located in Ohio, Minnesota and California.

The honor student and Eastern New Mexico University Singers choir member had a deadline of May 1.

A giggly Bickley said after a trip to one of the schools, it was clear that St. Olaf College in Minnesota was her pick.

The intellectual and community-friendly environment won Bickley over, saying that’s where she feels she’s “meant to be.” She is excited to be there in the fall.

What stood out about St. Olaf?
I think a lot of the schools I applied to advertised that sense of community and closeness of everyone. I felt St. Olaf really was that community and was that friendly.

Do you think you’ll develop a Minnesotan accent?
I’m sure, I’m sure I will. It will be fine.

What are you excited for when you get to St. Olaf?
I am really excited about the conversations program (a program that emphasizes the art of conversation, listening, arguing, and thinking). I am looking forward to living in a more intellectual community.

Since you’ll be living in the dorms, what are five attributes that make up the ideal roommate?
1. Neat freak like me.
2. Appreciates the value of needing quiet time or down time.
3. Works through disagreements.
4. Positive attitude.
5. Easy to get along with.

How many major changes do you anticipate?
I don’t think anyone anticipates changing their major but I changed it in my during my high school career twice so far.

What was your parents’ reaction to your decision?
We were sitting around the kitchen table and I told them I decided. They were happy. I think they both thought I made a great choice.

What would be your ideal part-time job while in school?
There’s a used bookstore in Northfield, Minn., where St. Olaf is and I think that would be really cool.

What will be your dorm staple foods when the cafeteria is closed?
I really don’t like ramen noodles even though that’s the stereotype. I’m a granola bar type of girl. I also like trail mix and fruit.

What’s one thing you want to do this summer before you make that trek into adult life?
Senior year is so stressful, I really just want to relax. I have a lot of downtime and I want to do a lot of reading. My first word was “book.”

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