College Application Daze

Students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (known as the SAT Reasoning Test)

The dreadful time has come: deadlines.

Many college applications are due January 1st to January 15th. So for the high school seniors who procrastinated until the last minute (as usual), the last week of winter break can be hectic.

I humbly add myself to the list of seniors who are working on their applications right this moment, rushing to beat the deadline. However, I can solemnly swear I was not a procrastinator (a big one, anyway).

In fact, the reason my college applications and essays aren’t yet finished is simple: senior year.

No, not ‘senioritis‘ (which is a phenomenon of pure procrastination, carelessness, and excitement that arises in high school seniors due to the fact that graduation is only 9 months away).

I’m talking about:

  1. SATs – October, November, December.
  2. No, I did not take the SAT Reasoning Test all three months.
  3. November I took the SAT Subject Test in Literature (and failed). Total studying time: over 35 hours
  4. December I took the SAT Subject Test in US History (and did better). Total studying time: over 46 hours, including listening to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
  5. Extracurricular activities. What is the point of Honor Society meetings again? Oh yeah. None.
  6. 5 AP Classes. Must pass Calculus quiz. Must study for Spanish. Must …
  7. The list is getting long, so I’ll stop here.

It really is no wonder a number of seniors write finish their college apps 5 days before the deadline. Oh well, must go back to finishing the Cornell essay.


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