By Emma Anderson
Bagpiper: What were the names of all the colleges you applied for?
Carson Conley: “I applied for Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Columbia University.”
BP: Which college did you choose and why?
CC: “I chose Stanford University because it is still an elite university but it also is an amazing sports school in California. I can get a great education in any field at one of the top three colleges in the county while enjoying the California atmosphere. I want to take a risk and try something new.”
BP: What were all the extracurricular activities you were involved in throughout high school?
CC: “I was involved in FC Symphony Orchestra, FC Speech and Debate Team, FC Dance Marathon, Floyd County 4H, Floyd County Youth Symphony, FC National Honor Society, FC Student Council, FC Senior Executive Council, FC Swimming and Diving.”
BP: How did you manage to juggle your school work and extracurricular activities?
CC: “I juggled my time by making sure I knew where my priorities were. I had to work on whatever was the most important at the time, and I found myself doing homework at weird times and places to fit in around my activities.”
BP: Who and/or what was your biggest inspiration throughout high school and why?
CC: “My biggest inspiration was definitely my mom. She spent her entire life raising my twin brother, Cooper, and I on her own. She has always put us first and I worked so hard to make sure I did the best for myself just like she did her best for me.”
BP: What are some of your greatest accomplishments that you have achieved?
CC: “Some of my greatest accomplishments have been being a state champion in orchestra, getting into many of my top college choices, and placing in the top 50 in the nation in speech and debate. I also had many personal accomplishments like strengthening my friendships through the IB Program at FC and furthering my leadership skills in Dance Marathon and Orchestra.”