High School Seniors: Be Proud, Be Happy.
As December is swiftly approaching, high school seniors around the nation are all frantically trying to finish their college apps. Between sending in SAT scores, forwarding teacher recommendations, and of course, perfecting those darn essays—it’s hard not to be overwhelmed.
But if there’s one piece of advice I wish I had known while I was applying to college—it’s this: ENJOY the application process! I know that sounds crazy, but think of it this way. You’ve already gotten so far. Since walking into kindergarten that very first day of school, you’ve been growing, changing, and maturing in a classroom for almost 12 years. You’ve worked hard and earned those grades you deserve. You’ve sweated and shouted while playing the sports you love. You’ve played your heart out in the school orchestra or band. You’ve met classmates, teachers, and mentors who are now your closest friends. You’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but infinite memories.
Take this opportunity to reflect on the incredible journey you’ve had these last 18 years and the incredible person you’ve become. As you write about your challenges, failures, lessons, and other experiences in your personal essays, you will realize how far you’ve come along. And I promise you, once you grasp the magnitude of your personal growth, you will write with more passion and pride than ever. So take your time (WARNING: THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN PROCRASTINATE), be thoughtful, and show off your best true self. If you are proud of who you are and let yourself enjoy writing those essays, colleges will recognize that and will be more likely to enjoy your essays too!
To conclude, the college application process should not be a process you agonize over. Rather, it should be a time of celebration. A time to reflect on all the amazing things you’ve accomplished and share them with other people. Remember, college is a totally fresh, new chapter of your life. Don’t let panic and apprehension over these next few weeks overshadow your achievements and triumphs these last 18 years. Be proud, be happy.