Senior Crisis

Rebecca Hunt


It’s that time of year again: college application season! If you’re a senior, or there’s a senior in your life, then you are probably aware of just how crazy things are about to get. It’s important to remember that, no matter how stressed they or you may be, it will all (hopefully) pay off. Whether you’re dealing with the craziness of an Early Action or Early Decision deadline, or just preparing for a Regular Decision deadline, every senior is dealing with their own crises every single day. Hopefully, with this article, you can help your senior deal with the anxiety of college applications.

First, they need to fill in a list of colleges to apply to. This step should be done far in advance, but if it hasn’t been completed, never fear! Schools are still offering tours, and though walking around in the cold is not ideal, it’s better than not having a clue about the schools that you’re applying to.

Once that step is done, add them to your Common Application. Just forget about any schools that don’t accept the Common Application — they’re trash, anyway. Who cares about Ivies and top schools if they make you jump through all kinds of hoops? The Common App is easy and convenient.

Next, you should examine your SAT scores. Maybe they aren’t quite high enough. Don’t worry! You can always pay an exorbitant late fee to sign up for one last standardized test, only to find out that you’ve done even worse than the last time you took it.

Remember, take a deep breath! Everything may be falling apart, but…forget about it. Everything is falling apart.

It’s almost spring, and you haven’t written your essay. Okay. Fine. Better get cracking! The later you wait, the harder this whole thing will be. I would know; in August, I wrote four different college essays, only to throw them all away and go with the first topic I decided to write about. And make sure you write your supplementals; too bad you can’t write just one. Make sure to cover the development of AI for College A, but don’t forget about writing that “what if Martin Luther King, Jr. was on Twitter?” supplemental, too!

Now, the FAFSA and CSS profile just went live. Great! Time to get that cash! Too bad the government believes you can afford to pay twenty-five times your annual income to go to school.

Just don’t freak out. Because surprise, you have a test today! That’s right. In all the chaos of your college applications, you forgot to study. Luckily, you’re positive that the school you’re applying to won’t even see your senior year grades (spoiler alert: that’s not true). What’s one 40 on a test, anyway?

When you’re ready to press that “submit” button on your application, don’t forget that you owe most schools money before you even get accepted, so make sure you have a few hundred dollars in the bank to spare. You have that, right? Paying for all those standardized tests didn’t drain your account, did it?

In all seriousness, no matter how cliché this sounds, this is the most exciting time of your life. It may also determine your entire future, but don’t let that get to you! Spend the next few years enjoying the freedom of college.