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Fall: The Season of “App Anxiety” for Seniors

By Lara Onuk and Aisha Siddiqui

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As due dates for college applications loom, tired seniors are suffering from what they call “App Anxiety.”

There are several types of applications to choose from. The most common is the aptly-named Common Application, an online undergraduate college admission application that hundreds of thousands of students use every year to apply to selective colleges. Coalition For Access, Affordability, and Success is another widely used application.

Wednesday, November 1st was the first application deadline; it was for those who chose to apply for Early Decision or Early Action. However, there are more deadlines later in the fall and winter, so the stress will continue for many seniors.

“The college process is stressful considering the load of schoolwork we all also have on top of it, but overall I don’t think the Common App itself is too hard to handle,” senior Tommy Ianuzzi tells us.

Among other things, seniors are stressing about which colleges to apply to, how many applications to send in, and how many letters of acceptance they will receive when the process is over. Rejection from a college you want to attend is something many high school seniors fear since it will understandably lead to disappointment.

“I have applied to five schools and I am planning to apply to a couple more in the next few months,” says Jen Conklin.

Alyssa Servidio tells us, “I finished my essay and I’m just waiting for my recommendation later to apply for my first deadline on December 1st”.

While some have already finished the college application process, others have yet to begin. “I haven’t started my Common Application,” says Anna Badami, along with Liza Zachmann who says, “I haven’t started applying yet but I will apply soon”.

Many agree that taking a break from worrying about your college admissions and decisions can help to reduce your stress level. Jen Cantilli is one such student. She told the Patriot Press, “I do work hard on getting all of my essays and SAT’s over with but it does get tough sometimes so what I like to do is watch my favorite movie, listen to some songs, or even just take a day off from all of it and hang out with some of my friends”.

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