Featured Colleges of the Week

Davidson College

  • Location: Davidson, NC (339 miles)
  • Enrollment: 1,850
  • Programs of Study: 70+
  • Cost of Attendance 
    • Tuition & Fees: $52,991
    • Room & Board: $14,803
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I - Atlantic 10 Conference 
    • 21 programs
    • Mascot: Wildcats
    • Team Colors: Red & White
Davidson College

University of West Georgia

  • Location: Carrollton, GA (147 miles)
  • Enrollment: 14,000
  • Programs of Study: 85+
  • Cost of Attendance 
    • Tuition & Fees: $21,306
    • Room & Board: $10,540
  • Athletics: NCAA Division II - Gulf South Conference 
    • 13 programs
    • Mascot: Wolves
    • Team Colors: Red, White, & Blue
University of West Georgia

University of Central Florida

  • Location: Orlando, FL (574 miles)
  • Enrollment: 69,500
  • Programs of Study: 225
  • Cost of Attendance 
    • Tuition & Fees: $22,466
    • Room & Board: $9,380
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I - American Athletic Conference 
    • 16 programs
    • Mascot: Knights
    • Team Colors: Black & Gold
University of Central Florida

"My College Experience"

Soddy Daisy High School Faculty & Staff share some thoughts on their own college experiences.

Tommy Morrell

  • College/University: Jacksonville State University
  • Why did you attend this school: Scholarship opportunity
  • Degree/Major: Special Education
  • Extracurricular Activities: Head Equipment Manager for Football, FCA Leadership
  • Favorite college memories: Being a very important part of two Ohio Valley Conference Football Championships, securing the first whole school apparel contract with a major athletic supplier (ADIDAS) which is still in effect today (16 years later), and spending time and learning from young college football coaches you might have heard of who have gone on to big jobs (Mike Bobo- HC Colorado State, Kirby Smart- HC University of Georgia, Will Muschamp- HC South Carolina, Jeremy Pruitt- HC Tennessee, and Jody Wright- Director of Player Personnel Cleveland Browns.)
  • Favorite class/professor and why: Blanche Colley- Special Education/Inclusion- she taught me and reinforced the idea that every student matters every day, don't just teach the students you have on your caseload but teach them all.
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known then: From HS to College- Study Skills and test preparation are important and needed. From College to Career- The content is important, but the connection is MORE IMPORTANT. Knowing your stuff is good, knowing your people is great.
  • Best piece of advice for our current SDHS seniors: Learn how to study for tests, wake your self up everyday because your mommy is not at college to do that for you, get organized now, learn how to use a calendar, refuse to be late or tardy, carry yourself like you are a success even if you are not there yet, don't accept less than the best you can possible give, and most of all, each day is filled with moments, moments you will win or lose, win the moment you are in, don't look back at the ones you have lost or won, and don't look ahead to the moments in the future, WIN THE MOMENT YOU ARE IN.

Emily Wiersema

  • College/University: Arizona State University
  • Why did you attend this school: Convenient location and a great teacher's college
  • Degree/Major: Elementary Education
  • Graduate Schools/Degrees: Masters in School Counseling
  • Favorite college memories: Getting Starbucks with my friends at the library before our Tues afternoon class
  • Favorite class/professor and why: Susan Larson- Math Methods because she said "don't buy the overpriced textbook, you won't need it" and she just made each class fun and engaging but also so meaningful to the profession 
  • Best piece of advice for our current SDHS seniors: "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Benjamin Franklin. Don't put off going to college, or technical school until you are older. Do it now while you are in the school mindset and routine.

Automotive Service Technician/Mechanic

  • 2018 Median Pay: $40,710 per year; $19.57 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Postsecondary nondegree award
  • Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
  • On the job Training: Short Term
  • Number of jobs 2018: 770,100
  • Job Outlook for next 10 years: Little or no change

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Auto Mechanic Info


  • 2018 Median Pay: $46,950 per year; $22.40 per hour
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: High School Diploma
  • Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
  • On the job Training: Apprenticeship
  • Number of jobs 2018: 1,006,500
  • Job Outlook for next 10 years: Faster than average

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Carpenter Info

Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships...

  • We have cataloged both scholarships and scholarship databases on Naviance for your convenience. Log in to Naviance, go to Document Resources, and then to either Local Scholarship Applications for Chattanooga area scholarships OR Scholarships 2020 for national and other scholarships.
  • The application process for several local (Soddy Daisy) scholarships will open in January 2020. We will be providing all the necessary information once Spring Semester begins in January.
  • Also, contact the Financial Aid office at the college you're planning to attend for more information on their scholarship process.
Use the button below to go to the Naviance homepage. All seniors should already have their login information. Contact Mrs. Martin or Mr. Stone if you need assistance logging in.
Naviance Home Page
  • February 4 - Selective College Workshop
  • March 4 - Spring College Fair @ SDHS

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