By Marissa Amstutz
As most high school students know, it’s college application season.
Whether you are applying to a school 2,000 miles away or a community college, it can be nerve-wracking. However, there is no reason to stress about the college application process. Here are some tips on how to stay stress free during the application and admission season:
- Request recommendation letters early to make sure your favorite teacher is available to write a glowing letter about your personality and how awesome of a person you are. If you do not know which teacher to ask, our college adviser Lindsay Czech is willing to write recommendation letters to students. Her office is in the library. If her door is open, she is willing to talk with you. You may also email her to schedule an appointment.
- You’re already started with senior year, so you don’t need to stress about making sure you have all of your credit hours. Put as much effort into all of your classes in order to pass them and graduate.
- Make sure to apply to a few safety schools just in case you get denied at one of your top choices. Take a nap or a deep breath, hopefully we will all make it through and get into at least one school that we applied to.
- Even if you are not 100 percent sure on your major, do not wait to apply. You have the option to apply as undecided. Most campuses have counselors to help you figure out your career path.
- Throw a party after you complete the common app, a generalized application that many universities use instead of creating their own application, because it is mentally exhausting and emotionally draining. Maybe treat yourself to some Mr. Freeze before they close for the year. You are awesome and college will be worth all of this work.
- Don’t be afraid to ask guidance counselors for help with this process, guidance is their first name. Their offices are on the reverse side of the main office. You can make an appointment with them and they will be more than glad to talk to you and help out with any problems.
- “Stay organized, organization is key. Do not procrastinate. Make a schedule for which day you will apply for colleges in order to avoid disaster,” said Christin Lee, guidance counselor for students with last names starting with letters A-D.
- Make sure to take plenty of college visits. During your junior and senior year you will be granted a certain amount of college visit days. Take advantage of those. Interested in a school but you’re not sure whether or not you will like it? Take a day and visit the campus with your parent(s). It will help in your decision with the school and you will be able to find out whether or not you like the atmosphere of the campus enough to go there for four years.
- Mrs. Czech suggests to come meet with her or take to a guidance counselor. She can make the college application a lot less stressful. Start applying early, the stress of deadlines cause panic so give yourself enough time to complete the applications and get transcript requests in along with recommendation letter requests.
So, have fun this fall. Enjoy drinking apple cider, picking pumpkins, and going to Friday night football games. But make sure to fit in college applications into your schedule. Happy application season!