When it came to school, I was always a good student -- some might even say I was a full-fledged nerd about learning. But when the second semester of my senior year of high school rolled around, I fell victim to one of the most talked about possibilities every senior faces: senioritis.
Not only do today's high school seniors apply to as many as 12-15 colleges, they seem surrounded by adult "handlers." As we move into the highest anxiety phase of the annual college application cycle, I offer a few words of advice.
The brutal process of applying and waiting for acceptances is over. Now, seniors get to decide which college's offer of admissions to accept. While many adults and students often get attached to college names, they should both realize that colleges are so much more than their names.
Young people rush to choose a major to fulfill a college identity, not necessarily because it's what they enjoy. The beauty of admitting that you aren't sure what to study is that people are more willing to help you.
Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life.
There have been times when I have failed to realize the true privilege of choice. Attending college, let alone choosing between multiple colleges, is an opportunity that many teens will never experience.
I thought that the second semester of senior year would be easy and familiar. I would hang out with the same people I had hung out with since freshman year. But things didn't really go according to plan.
Congratulations if you have been accepted! Condolences if you have been denied. If you have been deferred, that's actually good news because it means that an admissions office has decided to postpone making a decision about your application until the regular admission cycle.
The first time I walked the earth as a senior, it was down a high school corridor. At that time a virus was something that only attacked our bodies. A mouse was an animal you didn't want sitting on your desk. And a tweet was that sweet sound the birds chirped in the morning.
"What is that sucking sound?" I asked a classroom of seniors at San Pedro High School in California. I had been invited to speak for their Career Day, Making a Difference In Our Youth. Upon the wall I showed a picture of a vacuum cleaner. A few giggles erupted through the room.