Senior Application Process

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

As the Christmas season approaches, so does another important time: college acceptance letters! Tis the season of many students’ early decision notification letters, while people cross their fingers and hope they are spending the next four years at their first choice. Although the waiting around is hard, some CHS seniors have advice and words of wisdom for current juniors about the difficulties of the application process.

Almost all seniors can agree: you want to finish your essays and supplements before the school year starts. You should have a good idea of where you want to apply come the end of your junior year, and although you may not like it, the summer is the perfect time to get most of the necessities done. Come time for the school year, you’ll have schoolwork that you’ll need to keep up with (assuming you don’t catch senior-itis).

Essays seem to be the hardest part for most seniors, but there is one other part that is more stressful. “The waiting,” senior AJ Albanese says, “the essays may be hard, but the waiting for your notification is the most stressful.” Because of this, it’s a good idea to get all your applications done so by the time you are stressfully waiting for an early action or early decision reply, you won’t also have to be doing work for your regular decision applications. Additionally, when you’re doing these applications it’s a good idea to take advantage of the resources you have so your work is the best it can be. “Talk to your counselors and don’t be afraid to ask your English teachers to edit your big essays. It will help a lot,” says senior Matt Stubeck. Chances are you will have a lot of work to do, and you want to make sure you hand in the best piece of work you can. Our staff at CHS is here to help! Besides the tedious applications, most people would consider picking what college you’d actually like to attend as the most important part of the process. Matt also advises juniors, “Don’t worry too much about finding the perfect school. With all the schools in the country, there’s more than one school out there that’s perfect for you.” It’s good to have a “dream” school and work hard toward your goal, but don’t focus in on one specific place as the only school you’ll be happy at. There are thousands of colleges in the USA and you are bound to find more than one that suits you. Going along with this, Ella Maddi warns juniors that they “should be able to picture yourself at every school you apply to. It’s important to love your safeties just as much as your reaches.” You don’t know where you’ll end up, and if you focus in on only one acceptable school, you don’t want to be unhappy somewhere else because you were close-minded.

College is a time for new experiences and fond memories, and no matter where you end up after high school these will definitely come. For juniors, it will help to take the advice of these seniors, and to remember that your stress will pass and all of your hard work will be for something. Good luck to all of our current seniors as they await letters of notification, and good luck to all of our juniors who are starting to feel the pressures of college around the corner. Hopefully all of our CHS students will end up in a place that makes them happy!