By Catherine Festa, TSB Staff
Everyone always talks about how big of a blow-off senior year is, but what they don’t ever talk about is college applications.
I’ve spent four years building up to this moment of submitting an application that will determine where I spend the first four years of adulthood, and honestly I didn’t realize until now just how much is on the line when it comes to college applications. It’s so much more then just an essay or a letter of recommendation.
It’s my future.
In my past months, I have stayed up past my bedtime, stayed in on Friday and Saturday nights, and spent hours staring at my computer screen. I must say, to me it seems like an awful lot of work for several applications when really, I’m only going to go to one of these schools.
We are all put under so much pressure by our parents and our teachers to make sure these applications are the best they can be. Along with the stress of the final year of childhood, I’ve actually found it quite difficult to hammer down my applications. I think it’s unusual that a college is just going to look at a piece of paper to get to know you and determine whether or not they want you. It seems like there should be more to the process.
Whether it’s SAT scores, resumes, questionnaires, essays, the list goes on and on. It seems to never end and the list of things to do to complete some applications seems more like climbing a mountain then just typing up some papers. It’s not like anything I ever expected and honestly it’s probably been the hardest part of high school yet.
Every senior always says, “I wish I could fast forward to December when my applications will be all done.” And I couldn’t agree more with them. I would love to never have to look at another essay prompt or online application again. But I suppose it’s all for a purpose. Seven months from now, when I’m getting my diploma, all the hard work, countless hours, and dozens cups of coffee will be worth it.
My parents have said to me through these months to put in the hard work now so that I’m choosing the college I want to go to, and not waiting on a college to choose me. They want me to have options, and it took me a while to realize that they were right. Although it seems like a hassle now, I guess I’ll just have to hunker down and tackle those last few essays.
After all, if I can just get through December then I’ll have the rest of my senior year to look forward to … and it will be application-free.
Catherine Festa is a senior at McKinney High School. Watch for her Teen Talk columns and stories on TSB.