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The University For You: How Seniors Are Deciding Where To Apply

As we begin to transition into the second semester for the 2021-2022 school year, college application deadlines for some in the senior class have begun to creep up. However, have you ever wondered where the upperclassmen you see wandering around campus are applying to?  I know I sometimes think about where my peers are sending […]

As we begin to transition into the second semester for the 2021-2022 school year, college application deadlines for some in the senior class have begun to creep up. However, have you ever wondered where the upperclassmen you see wandering around campus are applying to? 

I know I sometimes think about where my peers are sending their applications. Some of my friends and I even make random guesses based on someone’s personality to determine where they may end up. Sometimes, we even have to wait until their Instagram bios are updated with their future school.

From San Diego to small-town Texas universities to the tropical islands of Hawaii, Christian Brothers seniors are sending out college applications throughout the nation. Miles Tibon (‘22) found importance in applying to a variety of schools so he could have various options when the May 1st decision day rolls around. 

“When it comes to what colleges I wanted to apply to, I think I went for a large majority because I was not sure and I want to decide later because none of them really stuck out to me as a ‘dream college’. I applied to a lot of colleges including most of the UCs, San Diego [State], LMU, Boulder, Arizona – just a wide range of schools,” shares Miles. “I kept it pretty diverse.”

However, as great as it is to have many options to pick from, it is also essential that you apply to colleges that fit you as a person. Take into account the cost of schools you are applying to and what the school itself has to offer one’s personality. 

“The biggest deciding factor when narrowing down my college applications was the price of the college, where it was, and also the population…whether it was a large college or a super small college,” Megan Cann (‘22) explains. “My ideal college atmosphere looks like somewhere in a college town. I like a small town community that has outgoing people and a lot of activities and fun things to do.”

Megan has sent applications to Baylor, the University of Alabama, Anderson University, and Northern Arizona University to fulfill that personal requirement of an out-of-state, small college town.

However, for Olivia Williams (‘22), staying close to the nest is at the top of her checklist when searching for the right school, with the exception of staying on campus and experiencing that full, college lifestyle. 

“The ideal college atmosphere for me has been honestly kind of close to home, like in the same state and not too far,” she says, “not where everyone is off campus living at home. I want everyone to be living on campus.”

College is a time for one to find themselves. The years you spend at a university or community college help you determine what you want in the future and aids you in discovering who your people are, what you want your life to look like, and what matters most to you.

And, well, of course having a good time is definitely important, too.

“I’m looking to have a good time but also focus on myself and take a step back from my family and realize who I am as an individual,” Megan explains.

As seniors step away from Sacramento and venture into the new world they choose, receiving advice from well-seasoned adults may be helpful when looking into the future.

Olivia shares that her mom has always been by her side throughout life and the college application process. She has inspired her to attend the place that feels most like home-away-from-home. 

“She always tells me to go where I want,” the senior says. “She has just always supported me.”

Sacramento is undoubtedly filled with memories, friends, and familiarity, but college is an important time for individuals to branch out and find themselves. It is a four year journey full of self-discovery and learning to be independent. 

However, it is important to go through the application procedure with ease and patience. Taking your time on submitting essays and grades is extremely important, this process as a whole is extremely time consuming but so incredibly rewarding.

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