The College Application Experience
by Adonijah Scarlett
College can be a difficult experience for most students and the toughest part of it seemed to be the application process. This started junior year and did not end until the middle of senior year. Our Wildcats have received numerous brochures, college tour opportunities, emails from admissions officers, and pressure from adults who care about their future and success. The amount of exposure has been overwhelming and stressful at times, but has been well worth it. Our Wildcats learned the in’s & out’s of the college application process and applied their know-how throughout it. They were given multiple opportunities to research colleges and found it to be a tedious process, but one that was well worth it.
One advantage that helped shape many of our seniors college application experience was the fact they knew what career path or major they wanted to study in school. Many of our Wildcats know that their college major might change, but they were comfortable with the schools they applied to because they researched them before they applied. Our Wildcats chose schools based on academics, location and finances. Researching schools allowed them to experience making decisions and embark on adulthood. Many students realized that they needed to find schools that fit their criteria and dedicated themselves to getting into those schools.
Now it’s the middle of senior year and many of our Wildcats have received many acceptance letters and are about to make life changing decisions. They are purposefully weighing their options with both their parents and teachers. Our Wildcats know that very soon they will move onto the next phase in their academic journey, but know that the college application process was worth the long days and nights and are looking forward to the next phase in their lives.