College Applications: Stages all seniors experience

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If this doesn’t capture the essence of senior year in a nutshell, I don’t know what will.

Pia Roca, Senior Staff Writer

College. As a freshman, it seems like nothing but a distant dream showered by rainbows and unicorns. Come sophomore year, students began to think more and more of what’s to come, terrorized by the horror stories of the anxiety-filled period that is Junior year. Junior year: commence the APUSH stained tears and never-ending college trips, informational meetings, and ACT/SAT prep classes. Finally, you’re a s~e~n~i~o~r! With the expectation of a High School Musical 3 experience for the last year at the Academy, Seniors are sadly hit with a stone-cold reality starting on the first day. The thought of five, eight, or even twelve college applications (in some cases) looms over the Senior lounge like a dark cloud.

Here are the different stages of College Applications all seniors will experience at some point in time:

August

The ‘Excited for what is to come’ stage

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The ‘Reality check’ stage

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“College apps won’t do themselves,” they said. “Senior year will be easy,” they said.

September

The ‘how?’ stage

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“How do I even begin to keep track of all the logins, passwords, scholarship applications, transcript request forms, recommendation letters, and interviews?”

The ‘Drowning in paperwork’ stage

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October

The ‘I give up, I’m just not getting into college’ stage

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The ‘Still here. Still drowning in a sea paperwork’ stage

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Credit: @wab4msu via Twitter

The ‘Oh no! The deadline is next week!’ stage

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The ‘I can finally breathe again, I just submitted my last application’ stage

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November

The never-ending ‘Waiting’ stage

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Credit: @alyx117 via Twitter

December

The ‘Day before the Decision comes out’ stage

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Credit: @austinkeller via Twitter

The ‘Moment before you read the decision’ stage

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The ‘YAYYYY! I’m going to college!’ victory dance

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The ‘Relieved and Thankful’ Stage

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“I did it!”