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Why Seniors Need To Stop Asking 'What If?'

Rosana Maximo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

I believe it is the second worst thing about the application process, because a rejection can make you doubt yourself, your future and brings about the "what ifs." What if I did better on the SAT's? What if I took on more APs? What if I did more extracurricular activities?

How To Win The Scholarship Games

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 03.18.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

At the end of the day, keep your eyes peeled. Don't look down at small scholarships because every little bit definitely helps. Definitely start applying early and apply broadly. You will soon see the fruit of all your labor.

Why I Can't Relax About College (Just Yet)

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

While trying to calm me down, my mother called this ordeal the test to become an accountant, and that it's just one of the things that I'll have to deal with as an adult. After this whole fiasco, I don't think I'm fit to be an accountant.

What I Wish I Could Change About The College App Process

Ashley Castillo | Posted 03.11.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

I also wish schools had a better way to communicate with applicants. Like, calling you or emailing you and telling you the next step in the process so you can be sure you're on top of things. But I guess that's just the high school student in me talking.

Senioritis: Real Or Myth?

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 03.10.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Graduation is right around the corner and this is certainly not the time to mess up all the hard work I have put into school my whole life. You can almost taste it; just keep pushing on. The finish line is right ahead!

The Moment I Knew I Found The Perfect College For Me

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 03.05.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

After revising and editing the writing supplement with my mentors and clicking submit, I couldn't help but smile at the confirmation page. At that moment, I finally believed that I had discovered my ideal college!

Scholarships: The Final Frontier

Brandon Williams | Posted 02.19.2014 | Teen
Brandon Williams

Now that college applications are over, I'm onto the next critical task: finding money in order to be able to pay for college tuition.

How I Overcame A Bad Case Of Writer's Block

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 04.16.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

Now, I can see how competitive the application process is. If I would have spent winter break doing something else rather than college applications, then I am sure I would have been lagging behind in the race to get to college

The College App Catastrophe I Never Saw Coming

Rosana Maximo | Posted 04.15.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

January: A new year plus the last round of college applications and finals. As everyone was celebrating a new year, I was comparing last year to the recent events that led to doors being closed and others being opened. It all started with my applications.

What I Learned About Myself From Applying To College

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 04.12.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

After my winter break marathon of eight college applications, I feel as though a huge boulder has been lifted off my back. One thing I learned during this process: the best essays aren't written at the last minute. Don't do it.

The One Question About College I Still Need To Answer

Brandon Williams | Posted 03.18.2014 | Teen
Brandon Williams

January 1st was the mark of the New Year, a new beginning; it also marks the end of the college application season (at least for the majority of schools). Seniors everywhere are going into the final stretch, extending their hands out, waving and saying adios to college apps!

The Bright Side Of Getting Rejected

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

There is no need to give up now; I have learned so much from this sometimes stressful period in my life, and I greatly encourage other seniors to do the same. Graduation may be over four months away, but June comes around sooner than expected.

5 Secrets For Surviving The College App Process

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

You have made this shadowy pilgrimage through senior year and college admissions brighter and less scary to pass through. Some tips for fellow seniors.

Your 'Dream School' Doesn't Determine Your Worth

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 03.02.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

December 13, 2013. 5:23 p.m. This was the day I received the best Christmas gift I ever could have wished for.

The One Letter I Never Saw Coming

Ashley Castillo | Posted 03.01.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

I thought they deferred me because something was missing; perhaps I didn't seem good enough to them when they read my application. But I hadn't bothered to think of it in a more positive way.

I Fell For The 'Fantasy' Of Senior Year

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 02.21.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

My cheeks were red and steaming as I tore through the common application, trying to decipher the many elements of admission to five different universities, skimming and skidding through essay questions and stressing over requesting recommendation letters.

Can I Handle Going To College Out Of State?

Rosana Maximo | Posted 02.19.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

Senior year = stress, headaches, sleep deprivation, caffeine in the format of candy (I dislike coffee, unless it's a Starbucks frap), maybe taking unscheduled naps in class and, of course, Senioritis.

Sorry, But I'm Not Just 'One Of Those Kids'

Brandon Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
Brandon Williams

I am supposed to follow the norm and not think about going to college, let alone a prestigious one. I'm glad it's not what it looks like and I will not let these stereotypes bring me down. I'm college bound, so society is just going to have to deal with it.

Senior Year Never Could Have Prepared Me For This

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 02.08.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Senior year. The year I have been waiting for all my life. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration -- probably not all my life, but a good chunk of it.

The Thing That Impressed Me And Disgusted Me About College Apps

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 02.06.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

Right now, I'm running on four hours of sleep each day and I'm feeling physically exhausted, but mentally pumped! Ladies and gentlemen, will I make it to the end of the week with my grades, sleep and social life undisturbed?

Minds Matter San Francisco Students Don't Know How Impressive They Are

Christine Deakers | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Christine Deakers

Grit, determination and resilience to overcome difficult circumstances, is a quality many college admissions counselors should consider more in its application review process.

What I Wish They Had Warned Me About Senior Year

Ashley Castillo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

It's not that I'm completely hopeless and expect the worst, it's just that the college process involves so many external factors and, as the control freak that I am, that's not something I handle very well.

My Biggest Dream Is Just Weeks Away

Toshe Ayo-Ariyo | Posted 09.04.2013 | Teen
Toshe Ayo-Ariyo

With that, I think I'm ready to embark on another journey. I am excited for the wonderful education I will receive at Penn, the influential people I will meet and the amazing opportunities I will have. This is the dream I have always aspired to.

7 Reasons Why I'm Psyched To Start College

Emily Truong | Posted 09.03.2013 | Teen
Emily Truong

I keep thinking about how difficult it is to keep in touch with people long-distance. And about Chicago's rising crime rates and being on my own in a totally new, admittedly intimidating city. But there are so many things to be happy about.

'I Did It!'

Anangie Martinez | Posted 08.31.2013 | Teen
Anangie Martinez

I opened the leather-bound cover and ran my fingers over my name, written in lovely cursive script. After all the late nights, all the homework and projects, I was finally done. I did it! I made it through high school.