By Madison O'Leary
The last nine months have been stressful for the seniors in the middle of the college application process. I, myself, am one of them. Most of us were unable to go on college tours, give in-person admissions interviews, or submit our standardized test scores. However, many colleges have adapted very well to the current situation, despite how inconvenient it may be. So, here is a list of things that may help seniors make their college admissions decisions:
I also conducted an interview with Anushka Rajmohan, a fellow senior, to get her perspective on the application process for this year:
Q: What has your experience been applying to colleges during COVID? How did you research the schools you’re applying to?
A: I think the college experience is generally stressful for kids, especially having heard that from my older brother, but it was definitely much more stressful and confusing with our new situation. I had researched a lot online about my colleges, and had talked to people who have gone to the schools/going to the schools, but it felt like a whole new ball game since the application process and admissions statistics will be very different this year.
Q: Did you take virtual tours of the different schools? Did doing so help you make any decisions?
A: I took virtual tours for my top schools, and I don’t think it was enough to replace a real tour, but I was definitely impressed by the adaptability of the colleges and how fast they were able to adapt to the virtual scene. The tours helped too because I could talk to and just observe some of the students already going to the colleges. It also helped to get a feel of what kind of college it is, not just academically but socially, as well.
The college process is definitely more stressful than it usually is, but researching and getting organized helps relieve a lot of that anxiety. In the next few months, the admissions decisions will be out, and we will all be done. Just try to take a deep breath and remember that everything will work out the way it is supposed to happen. Good luck!