Senior Reflections on College Admissions: Drew Friedhoff
The college admissions process is exciting and eye-opening for me and for many other high school students across the country.
Exploring what the next step is going to be in higher education can be stressful, but if students begin the process early and do their research, it becomes much more enjoyable.
Visiting college campuses exposes students to a number of different people and atmospheres and is an essential part of the search as colleges take into account an individual’s interest when he or she applies.
Also along the way, using websites such as cappex.com, niche.com and Naviance – the program WHS began using to sync communication between students, colleges and high school counselors – were very helpful. Once I visited, researched and selected the colleges that intrigued me, the Common Application made applying to colleges a breeze. All of the requirements and information for applications are listed here, and it stays organized and easy to access.
The worst part of the application process is the waiting that came after I finished applying. The counselors at WHS are beyond helpful during this time period. Keeping them updated and making sure everything has been sent to the colleges of your choice is both important and a good way to pass the time.
Finally, the hard work pays off and students get that package in the mail that informs them that they have gotten into college. The relief and gratitude I felt, knowing I got into college, and knowing that all the time and effort I had put into my high school education was really worth it, was definitely one of the greatest feelings in the world.
The application process may be long and strenuous, but the exploring and learning that comes with it and ultimately getting into college outweighs everything else and will put people on track for the next four years of their lives.