Seniors feel college application stress

Ally Ellis – Mustangs Ahead

Seniors icon(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For senior Mustangs, this year marks the beginning of the end of their high school careers. This means it’s time for seniors to start submitting college applications if they wish to further their educations.

Senior Lauren McGill explained, “It might just be one of the most stressful and time-consuming things that senior year can offer. I am excited to be done with college applications so that I don’t have to cry every time I think about them anymore.”

Another senior, Anneliese Pruim expressed, “I would say that although it is stressful, and a lot of work right now, it will all pay off in the future. It is so weird to think that I am already a senior, I’ve heard so much about what it’s like, but it is weird to think that I am already there. Time flies!”

College applications can take a lot of time. Some seniors start this process in June, as colleges may have so-called rolling admissions.

Starting junior year, students on the college path should begin to take entrance exams such as the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), SAT and ACT.

Students should find a college that will work for their personality, budget, and academic history.

Next, students should navigate the university websites and explore requirements, tuition, and financial aid options if needed.

After that, the student may then have to write an essay of choice or on a topic the college requires. This essay should represent the student’s essence.

It is also recommended that students ask teachers, bosses, or coaches for recommendations.

After that, students should open a “Common Application” account to submit to multiple desired colleges or can go on the universities website to apply through there.

“I think everybody makes the college application process out to be this long and super stressful thing that is also insanely important at the same time, so it can be intimidating to even know where to begin. I think when you sit down and start taking it step by step, it isn’t that bad at all. It is just another senior thing we must juggle” exclaimed senior Brittney Ta.

Senior Jake Hanson said, “This intense process begins the second you step into high school but will be all worth it in the end.”

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