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Seniors and Their Dread

By: Nick Dal Porto

Kleiton Carl Macrohon finding out he got into college. Photo by Evan Tung

If you spent even an ounce of time around the San Mateo Adult School in the waning months of January, you probably noticed some strange behavior from the founding class. Seniors were furiously writing essays and filling out forms, stressfully clicking the refresh button on their emails or browsers, and in some cases, spouting both tears of joy and sadness. This feverish behavior is a byproduct of one thing: the American college admissions process.

Now, you may think this would have ended after January 1st, the common application deadline for most colleges. However, the existential fear of admissions decisions still weighs heavily on the backs of most seniors. Some students have already been accepted and committed to attending their various higher education institutions, adding to the tension of those who are still waiting for admissions decisions.

Senior Bibi Wong has heard from several schools about admissions, and it’s mostly been positive news. “It feels like my life is becoming more stable.” However, with the multitude of options, she has some tough decisions to make on her future destination.

Alex Lederman, senior, has been accepted to several colleges, but is still waiting on his top choices. He has a more laid-back view on the process, instead of being on-edge and stressed about admissions. When asked about his favorite school, Georgia Tech, he said, “I’m not going to be upset if I don’t get in to any one particular place. The whole point of my list is that I’d be happy going to any of the schools.”

Senior Marcus Luebke was deferred from his choice pick of Stanford University, and is still waiting for decisions from other schools. “Whenever they make the decision, they make the decision,” he reports. “I promised myself I wouldn’t get excited or depressed whatever the decision was. Getting deferred threw away all the excitement.”

Many students however are still fearful for those admissions letters, and some are saddened by negative results. It’s important to remember that a college declining to offer admission is not a reflection of you as a person. That denial isn’t a “you suck”, it’s a “you’re really cool, but you might learn better somewhere else”. And some way, somehow, everyone will find the right place for them.

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