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Attack Of The Apps

Halloween may be over, but fear remains in CB seniors as the daunting college application process begins. It is finally Fall, the joyful season of pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather. But it is also the time of year where seniors all over the country are pulling out their hair and having weekly mental breakdowns […]

Halloween may be over, but fear remains in CB seniors as the daunting college application process begins.

It is finally Fall, the joyful season of pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather. But it is also the time of year where seniors all over the country are pulling out their hair and having weekly mental breakdowns over the college application process.

Why is this? Aren’t college apps just filling out basic information about yourself and your academic career? Why do seniors go into such a destructive mental state while filling out applications? The Talon asked some Christian Brothers seniors about their college application journey to find out more.

Haley Grandchamp (’16) finds the application process very time consuming and taxing.

“I find it very exhausting,” she says. “It takes a lot of time and the more time it takes the more effort you have to put into it, which stresses you out more because you have to take so much time to do it.”

Seamus Hudnut (’16) finds the process to be a difficult experience due to the judgement that students must face.

“I think that it’s just all about other people judging who you are,” he states. “So you have to worry about who you are as a person, which is something that a lot of people don’t really approach until this point.”

Seniors often make a bigger deal of the application process than need be.

“People make into something bigger than it really is,” Haley says. “It doesn’t need to be to hard but, it just has a bad connotation to it, so people just assume that it’s going to be really hard when you start it.”

“It’s not that big of a deal because everyone is going to get into a school,” Seamus adds. “Whether it’s Sac City or Harvard. I mean everyone is going to get in somewhere in the spectrum.”

As daunting as the application process may feel, seniors shouldn’t make a big deal of it. It’s just filling in basic information about grades and scores. It does not determine our future. It is just the beginning of the process for us.

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