The struggle is real…with college applications

Katie Sickinger

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If you’re in high school, you know this conversation all too well.  You run into a relative you haven’t seen in a while at a family party or a family friend at the supermarket.  They tell you how old you look, and you brace yourself because you know what’s coming next. “So… where are you looking at for college?”  

Suddenly it all hits you again, everything that you had been trying to forget.  All of the applications, the essays, the deadlines, and the overwhelming sense of dread that comes with it.  Just when you think you’ve escaped the stress, it just comes piling back on.  

“Applying to college is definitely one of the most stressful things I’ve had to do, as you have to submit the perfect version of your high school accolades along with an essay that has to captivate the reader,” Chris Handel ‘18 remarked.  “It definitely is something that is always on my mind, as the quality of my college application is essentially deciding my future and where I’ll be for the next four years,” and this is true.

It is scary and stressful to think that only a couple pieces of paper can determine the course of your future.  How can a couple of kind words and a GPA sum up four years of late nights, early mornings, and lunchtimes spent in the media center?  What if, during the application process, the slightest thing goes wrong and all of this hard work and dedication goes to waste?  

These are all common worries that seniors across the country share, and it can be tough to deal with this stress hanging over their heads constantly.  Luckily, there are many healthy ways to relieve this pressure.  

Practices such as meditation can help take the worry out of the application process, and help temporarily relieve the anxiety.  It’s also a good idea to vent and talk things over with your peers because many of them are dealing with the same application stress. “It’s nice to talk to friends about everything because they know what you’re going through,” Mia Romanazzi ‘18 commented.  “You can also share your advice with each other, and help each other out.”  

It’s also important to remember that the guidance counselors are always available and willing to help out with any college-related concerns.  However, the most important thing to remember throughout the whole process is that you are not the first person to go through all the stress, and you certainly won’t be the last.  No matter the outcome of it all, at the end of the day it should be your mission to make the best of your situation and to be happy wherever you end up going for the next four years.

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