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College Apps: The Scariest Season of the Year

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Julia Lewis'19 working on her college applications. Photo By Sue Kim

Julia Lewis'19 working on her college applications. Photo By Sue Kim

Julia Lewis'19 working on her college applications. Photo By Sue Kim

Ella Shi and Sue Kim

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A senior’s worst nightmare. Photo By Sue Kim

When everyone else is out trick or treating, seniors were dealing with something truly terrifying — college apps. With the November 1st deadline in the back of many seniors’ minds, this year’s Halloween was spent editing, re-writing or starting college applications.

Many seniors are trying to cope with the stress of early action/decision deadlines. Nicole Garcia ‘19 reasons, “Since I am applying to a highly competitive major like nursing with only a limited number of spots, I thought it would be beneficial to apply quickly so the major wouldn’t be filled up.” To help speed up the process, Nicole started writing her early supplemental essays in the summer and constantly read over and edited them for months leading up to the due date.

Another senior Christel Alino ‘19 explained that she decided to apply early in order to increase her chances of getting into colleges. Luckily, she was able to finish all her college applications in the summer. In an attempt to help speed up the process, “I made a document of all the colleges I was applying to with the supplemental questions and the deadlines.” While Christel was incredibly stressed over the summer, during the school year, she had the advantage of not having to balance school work with college applications.

Emma Hoferer ‘19, however, was unable to apply to her top school, George Mason University, before its early deadline. She explains “ I wrote down what I needed to accomplish for the college application process, but I didn’t get to finish the supplemental essays since I had a lot of makeup tests.” Emma was hoping to apply early to George Mason, because the admissions officer informed her that she would have a better chance of receiving a bigger financial aid package. Yet Emma stays positive to her college application experience by justifying that although she missed her early action deadline, there is always the option of applying regular decision.

While all the seniors are in different areas of their college application process, but they all share one thing in common: stress.

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Ella Shi, staff writer

Ella Shi is a senior and a first-year writer for The Royal Reporter. She spends most of her time watching YouTube videos, translating social media pages,...

Sue Kim, Staff Writer

Sue Kim is a senior at Rosary Academy and a first-time writer for the Royal Reporter. She spends her time binging Youtube videos, re-watching Friends episodes,...

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