DARMSTADT, Germany — American seniors overseas taking on the great college hunt don’t have to face obstacles blindly.

A Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe graduate from last year will be mapping out hurdles he overcame in his first year of college during a live call-in show Wednesday, at 9 a.m., on American Forces Network’s “Open Line” program.

Seniors, many of whom will be listening from school, can call in to ask questions and discuss concerns not only to a college student, but also to another senior currently college-shopping from Europe.

Tech. Sgt. Bill Hickman will host the show with the students, Jameson Henshaw, a Bad Aibling, Germany, high school graduate who is currently attending the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and Patrick Martin, a senior at the Hanau American High School in Germany. Brenda Coffield, a school transition specialist, will be on the show as well.

Advice and tips will be given to any caller who has questions on going to a stateside college. DODDS graduates no longer have the option of going to school in Europe, since the University of Maryland University College Mannheim Campus is set to close in May.

Also, returning DODDS graduates can join the show by phoning in to share local experiences or elaborate on issues discussed during the AFN radio program.

Last year, the call-in show lasted three hours, according to Jo Bordeau, chief of command information for AFN-Europe.

“We received so many phone calls. The seniors were definitely excited and had so many questions,” Bordeau said. “It’s great because they get to really talk to someone on their own level who just went through something they’re going through. They talked a lot about doing things on their own and leaving home.”

Parents, counselors and teachers are encouraged to call in or submit advice for the application process, transition period, or any other problems unique to overseas seniors.

Currently, 1,877 seniors are preparing for graduation in June, according to a statement issued by DODDS.

Many of the students are looking for a college by attending college information nights and financial aid and scholarship seminars held at DODDS-Europe high schools. The call-in show allows seniors a chance to ask questions outside of the typical seminars offered.

Seniors can submit questions in advance by e-mail to AFN at:

Power Network Radio is broadcast on the TV guide channel for AFN Television, which is available to anyone with a satellite decoder.

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