Seniors face college deadline pressures

Jenna Hernandez- Mustangs Ahead

Seniors icon(LAKEWOOD RANCH FL,)- Deadline for college applications is coming up and LRHS seniors are as nervous as ever. This is a very stressful time for many seniors as these applications are the first successful step to the next four years.

Applications feature standard questions. They ask for information such as family’s background, extracurricular activities, and intended major for the year. Those with no major have the choice to apply “undeclared”.

Then, there are the Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) forms. For the SSAR, students will be required to fill out their own academic transcript. Though not all schools require students to fill this out, most state schools like University of Florida (UF), Florida State University (FSU), and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) require students to submit it.

“It took me forever to fill out this form,” senior Lindsey Hyer said. “I had to go back four years in my life. Hopefully it will be worth it.”

Finally, there’s the essay. The essay is an essential part of the application for those applying to state schools with an essay requirement. This is how these given colleges learn about the person you are.

The essay can be the deciding factor in whether or not a student is accepted into a school. This is the case for junior Alexa Bland’s brother who was accepted into University of Florida despite not meeting the SAT requirements.

“My brother was curious on how he was accepted and emailed the person that looked over the application,” Bland said. “When he responded, he said that he was so moved by my brother’s essay and could really see him making something of himself.”

Those who are applying for priority decision are encouraged to check application deadlines as they are fast approaching, with some as early as this week.

For more information on colleges, deadlines, as well as application requirements visit the schools website.

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