Some seniors feeling the pressure of college applications

Categories: Admissions Advice
Don't be overwhelmed by the college application process - talk to someone about it

With colleges receiving more college applications than ever before, some seniors are feeling the pressure of submitting the "perfect" application to maximize their chances of being accepted to prestigious universities.

Between visits to college campuses, numerous college admission essays and multiple application forms to fill out, students are finding the process overwhelming. Time management is becoming increasingly important to many seniors.

"Our senior class is one of the most competitive in the school’s history, so I definitely feel an intense pressure to make my college applications as impressive as possible," Sahba Seddighi, a senior at Farragut High School in Tennessee, told the school newspaper.

According to an article in USA Today, talking to your parents and asking them for advice is a great way to reduce the stress of completing a college application. Adults can be much better at managing busy schedules and handling many responsibilities at the same time. Discussing potential stress with your parents can help make the process less intimidating and overwhelming.

More than anything else, don't stress about the pressure itself. Accept that the process is complicated, and approach each stage of the application one step at a time. Manage your schedule effectively, and talk to your parents if the pressure begins to overwhelm you.

Original Post Date: October 18th, 2011

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