Virginia’s Lauren O’Daniell has some advice for students

A year ago, Virginia’s Lauren O’Daniell was preparing to embark on her higher education adventure. Today, she is able to offer high school students some valuable advice as they look ahead.
    Unlike most college freshmen, O’Daniell headed of to Aurora University in Aurora, Ill., with a passel of college credits. In fact, she had earned sufficient credits to become a sophomore at the start of the university’s spring semester.
    While a Virginia High School student, O’Daniell took courses at the Beardstown campus of Lincoln Land Community College. She is quick to encourage qualifying high school students to at least consider taking college-level courses. Not only will most course credits be accepted by four-year colleges, but O’Daniell said the experience will better prepare students for college work.

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