Like most high school seniors going off to college, Skyler Woo, 18, is both nervous and excited about the distance that will soon separate her from her family and friends. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior's college plans will take her an ocean away, once she begins classes at King's College in London this September.
"I originally wanted to take a year off and travel, but then when I was looking at colleges, and talking to my parents about it, I decided I could kill two birds with one stone if I just went to college abroad," Woo said.
She had her sights set on London, and after spending her senior year working as the photo editor for her high school yearbook, she knew she wanted to pursue a future in media. She will begin a three-year program combining English and film studies in the fall.
"I applied to King's College mostly because it is in London as opposed to Oxford or Cambridge, which are in different cities," Woo said. "I've been born and raised in New York City, which is the best city in the United States, so I felt like I should go study and live in London, which I feel is the best city in Europe."
Her role as yearbook photo editor set her expectations of the media industry, working for a publication with strict policies and deadlines. She also gained new connections within her school community.
"I have my closed group of friends, but this year through yearbook I was able to connect with new people and expand my horizons," Woo said.
She spent Tuesday night making a few final memories with her friends at the senior prom, held at the North Ritz Club in Syosset.
"I'm so thankful I got to meet everyone and work with everyone that I did on yearbook," Woo said. "But it makes it a little harder to leave."