The words “senior year” carry a lot of different meanings for students. For some, senior year means catching senioritis and playing pranks on the underclassmen and faculty, while for others it may mean dancing the night away during prom and attending all the seniors-only events. But whether all (or none) of these apply to you, many seniors do have one thing in common: the weight of college applications.
When I was a high school senior, I was going into a literal information overload as soon as school started back in August. I was constantly being bombarded with informational pamphlets and booklets from college fairs, bucket loads of promotional emails and “snail” mail that clogged up my inbox for days, and had so many packets being thrown at me that I could have started a library with them.
Once my senior year got underway and the weeks began to pass, I began feeling rushed by the adults who would ask me what college I would be attending, especially as my friends began to declare their college choices.
The problem I had in my senior year was that I wasn’t being given the information I needed the most: Which colleges should I be applying to? [Read more…]