Aviation High School seniors are done with their college applications and waiting to get an acceptance letter back. The more the seniors wait, the more they stress about whether they got into a college or not.
When applying to Aviation High School, all students had to sign a contract stating that they would apply to at least two colleges during their time at AHS. When it is finally time to start, seniors try to choose the best colleges that they can, balancing out education and price.
The application process for applying to AHS was somewhat similar to the process to applying to college. However, college applications are far more complicated.
“College acceptance is definitely more stressful because I spent years preparing, and college is really your first adult decision.” said AHS senior Tessa Tweet, “I am glad that I had already gone through the AHS application process though because I had experience.”
For many seniors, the hardest part of applying to college is writing the essays.
“The essays are by far the most stressful part,” said Tweet, “summing up your life in 500 words and writing something that will stand out is incredibly difficult. I went through countless rough drafts but I’m really proud of the finished product.”
Adding on to all of the stress, another difficult part of the application process is meeting deadlines and making everything come together, exactly like the deadlines that AHS has for essays and projects. AHS prepares kids for college, and so by being hard on deadlines, they helped with the deadlines that students will have for the future.
“Its not just your application, its also your transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, and recommendations,” said AHS senior Allison Do, “so its a little stressful making sure all of that gets to the school on time, oh, and deadlines, those are stressful. time passes by a lot faster than you think it does, so before you know it the application is due.”
When completing the applications, seniors had to pace themselves, each application takes days, if not weeks to do. Time is limited for seniors because they are already so busy with projects and exams. That is why some seniors were smart and decided to start on the applications early.
“I started them early and so I had time to spread them out over time,” said Do, “so i did bits and pieces here and there until it was all done… I would guess it took me two to three weeks to finish my first one completely, but that was with a lot of extra time and so I would ignore the application for a couple of days and then get back to it. I probably shouldn’t have done that.”
For seniors who wanted to take the easy road, and save some time, there was the option of doing the common applications where applicants could do one application to send to all the colleges. Doing this application would take a long time, but it would save time in the long run from not having to rewrite the same information every single time.
“I used the Common Application which took a lot of time,” said Tweet, “but it was nice not to have to rewrite the same information every time.”
When the applications are turned in, there is still much stress for seniors because they have to deal with the stress of waiting.
“I sent in my application mid November so the month I had to wait was torture.” said Tweet, “It was especially frustrating because I had to keep working on other applications in case I didn’t get accepted.”
There are, however, many ways of dealing with the stress. Some seniors just chill and relax, and others find fun ways of relieving the stress, like spending time with friends or playing video games.
“I like to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” said Do, “and make beaded lizards.”