Students Take on College Applications

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Students Take on College Applications

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Applying to college can be very stressful for students, especially with the lingering questions of where to apply, what’s the best way to complete applications, and fear of rejection. In addition, students have to balance their applications with school, extracurricular activities, or work. With limited time, many students break the application process into parts. For example, the Coalition or Common Application one week, then essays, any additional University specific questions, and lastly recommendations.

“I set aside time at least a few times a week to work on my applications to limit the stress that comes with finishing them and meeting all the deadlines,“ said Tanvir Alam, Senior.

The Common Application and the Coalition are programs many colleges use in the application process to learn more about students. They contain information ranging from personal information, grades, extracurriculars, and anything a student wishes to add.

“My first application I submitted was to the University of Pittsburgh. It was extremely stressful since it was my first application. I didn’t know how to divide the workload up, and I had to meet the deadline in time. Since then, after completing the Common Application and the Coalition, it’s relatively easy to complete my essays and answer any university-specific questions. As of now, I am not very stressed and I think I’m handling it well, “ said Mitchell Branscome, Senior.

Other students like Eli Burnett have familiarized themselves with a college they plan to attend.

“I’ve just been taking it slow and doing it over time so it’s not as stressful. I have my mind set on James Madison University, so I applied for early action for that college. I have already visited the campus, and I have a general idea about my major. However, for my backup colleges, I plan on applying to a couple more for the regular decision deadline. I just recommend you don’t stress about it and take enough time to complete everything, “ said Eli Burnett, Senior.

However, some students are more stressed than others.

“In doing my college applications, I found that it was absolutely stressful just because of the sheer importance of it all. Personally, what added to the stress was the fact that I really didn’t know anything about applying for colleges until I jumped right into it. I also started later than I should have, which caused me a lot of stress in addition with school work. Now that I have been doing it awhile, to reduce stress I made a simple list of things that need to get done and I take baby steps. Lastly, make sure not to put all your eggs in one basket so you have a backup plan,“ said Sean Burnett, Senior.

All in all, when adequate time is taken for applications, the process is less stressful and more exciting.

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