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I'm 'Officially' An Adult, But That Doesn't Mean I Have It All Figured Out (Yet)

Ashley Castillo | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

On the last day of school, as I said goodbye to everyone, I didn't fully understand that it was the last time I'd be seeing the same people every day, or following a bell schedule and even having a gym class.

The 7 Words You Should Say Before You Graduate

Rosana Maximo | Posted 06.27.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

It's strange and amazing how a couple of things can shape the future and your path in life. If we look back to what caused us to go to college and what things lead us there, you'd be amazed as well.

Class Of 2014, We've Come A Long Way

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 06.26.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

Surely, I am excited for a new life in higher education, but I think it is truly important to take a look back and reflect on how far we have all come.

I Passed Up Full Scholarships For My Dream School -- And I Don't Regret It

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 06.20.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

While it's true that work study and possible loans may haunt me later, I don't want to regret not choosing Wellesley because of money.

Get Ready, College: I'm Coming For You

Ashley Castillo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

The way high school is set up (or at least how mine is) lends for a very repetitive schedule. As a senior who has one month of high school left, and already knows where I'm going to college, that is exactly what I am: tired of it.

The One Thing I Regret During The College App Process

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

If you're still deciding between colleges, make a list! Now is a good time to slow down and look into the nitty-gritty details. Put down statistics that matter to you, like costs, student body ratios, programs or subjects that you would like to pursue.

What Getting Into My Dream School Made Me Realize

Ashley Castillo | Posted 07.13.2014 | Teen
Ashley Castillo

All I could do was yell, "I got in! I got in! Mom, I got in!" Tears of joy streamed down my face and it hugged my mother. I couldn't believe it. I actually did it.

The Scary Thing About Graduation

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 07.09.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

As graduation steadily approaches, I have mixed feelings of excitement and fear. I am ecstatic yet afraid to be thrown out into the "unknown" for four more years.

I Finally Found My Home Away From Home

Rosana Maximo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Teen
Rosana Maximo

Decisions, decisions. At the end and after so much time being invested, the reaping of our hard work pays off: We're getting to go to college.

Why Is It So Impossible To Get A Part-Time Job?

Opemipo Akerele | Posted 06.29.2014 | Teen
Opemipo Akerele

As I pass the halfway-mark of my last semester of high school, I am ecstatic for college, yet slightly sad that I have applied to over 30 jobs and not one employer caught the bait.

The Life-Changing Decision I'm Prepared To Make

Stephanie Orozco | Posted 06.22.2014 | Teen
Stephanie Orozco

I read and read, and re-read again for clarity; my eyes were slowly adjusting to the hard and truthful fact that I was staring at an early acceptance letter from Smith College

It's Been A Roller Coaster Of A Ride

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 06.21.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

Looking back at senior year in retrospect, it was an emotional roller coaster where I almost lost all my motivation. In December, I was so worked up with not being accepted to my top choice school. Four months later, I'm a lot calmer.

Either Way, I Get to Eat Cake

Brandon Williams | Posted 06.18.2014 | Teen
Brandon Williams

My mind is on other things: Who will Frank Underwood target next? Will there be a Frozen 2 (the first one was AMAZING)? But most importantly, my mind has been revolved around one thing: college decisions.

Why Seniors Need To Stop Asking 'What If?'

Rosana Maximo | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 04.21.2014 | 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.