Staff Editorial: Seniors try to find time to fill out college applications

It’s crunch time for seniors submitting applications, but with school and other daily activities, finding time is difficult. Seniors need time provided for them by the school.

Leisure time is cut for involved students. There are sports, plays, work, homework, clubs, chores, friends, family and the ACT/SAT. These activities end up cutting into sleep time already, so applications seem to slip to the back of seniors’ heads. The thought of college is intimidating, so using these distractions to push it out of mind is easy to do.

“I have a lot going on in life right now, and for whatever reason applications haven’t been a priority,” said senior Danielle Thomas.

If seniors got a week at home or in computer labs to work solely on applications, then the stress would be taken off of their shoulders, and no deadlines would be missed.

Thomas brings up a great point though, “Some colleges have earlier deadlines than others, so picking a week that works for every single person in the senior class might be difficult, plus, what would the people who don’t even plan on college after high school do during that few days?”

The truth is students need more time to complete applications, but due to each individual’s applications or absence of applications, it would be difficult for the school to accommodate.

Involved students are going to skip on some homework during application deadline times. The one good thing is that most seniors have their essays completed in class, so the rest is acquiring recommendations, putting together a resume, personal information, and the common questions of why one should apply to the college.

“The hardest part is getting started, sitting down and getting organized,” said class of 2012 college counselor Karen Verstrate.

The earlier students complete applications the easier it is.

Senior Alex Porter who has completed applications in August said, “Knowing what you want allows for greater freedom and less stress in the college season.”

Through hard work “more than 50 percent of the senior class has submitted at least one application as of Nov. 1,” said Verstrate.

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