Seniors feel college deadline pressure

Ricardo Chavez

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Rough drafts, SAT scores, recommendations letters, college lists, GPA, extra circulars, resumes, tears. Waiting and suspense for the acceptance of students dream colleges. These are the things that embody the college application process.

Samara Gurrola, senior plans to apply to San Francisco State, East Bay State, and San Diego State. She is applying to these colleges hoping to fulfill her dreams of majoring in industrial psychology.

The college application process has been getting more stressful for seniors. Gurrola has been working hard to get where she wants but she commented “The process of applying to these colleges have been stressful because the deadlines that you have to meet, a lot of work that you have to complete, and the process of gathering information to see if the college is a good fit for me.”

For those looking for early applications the deadline is usually November 1st. Those looking to apply for regular deadlines they are usually between January 1st and February 1st, depending on the college.

Nicole Conner, senior also said “The stress that gets put on me of applying to colleges makes me unmotivated, but I’m still going to push through and try to get to the colleges I want.” Conner will apply to Ivy League schools, New York University, Boston Colleges, and the University of San Francisco to major either in business or political science. Conner added “It’s a bit stressful not being able to understand things when doing my college applications.”

Students might think the most stressful part is starting college essays because some don’t know where to start or so many options can be overwhelming.

“I’m taking time doing my colleges applications and not taking time for homework, and to study for tests especially since I am involved here in the tennis team.” Gurrola said. Many students feel that these colleges applications are taking away from them focusing on their school work as well as outside activities.

Students may also be stressing because they are barely starting their college applications, but Diana Luna, counselor and psychology teacher said for those students barely beginning “Just do it and get started now. Don’t procrastinate, ask questions if you are clueless or don’t know where to start.”

Mater Dei Catholic High School offers many college workshops that help you through the process of getting to where you need to be. The next college workshop for Cal States is on November 6th, 2017. You can also visit Andrea Puschendorf, college counselor for any help during lunch or after school on 5-7 or 7-5 days.

For freshmen, sophomores especially juniors looking at colleges Mrs. Luna also gave tips on how to handle the process. “First the most important thing is to talk to your parents and talk to your counselors to discuss potential college matches. Another important part is to do your research, go online research different colleges so you are aware and make of list of what your dream schools are but also have a few back up options.”

Seniors feeling the heat of these college applications Mrs. Luna stated “Stress is not going to go away if you don’t take hold of your college applications. So, make sure you have everything you need like letter of recommendations and essays.”

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