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A Quick Reflection on College Applications

posted Mar 25, 2011, 7:11 PM by Golden Knight

By Marc Magallanes


Picture Credit: Joe Hu

This is when being a good student pays off. This is when the months of organizing show their results. This is college application time. It’s time to ask for those spectacular letters of recommendation from your favorite teachers, time to send in the SAT and ACT scores that you spent Saturdays studying for, and time to fill out the short applications trying to briefly advertise an outstanding student.

It first started with month left until the deadline, next a week, then a day, and finally an hour left. With just a blink of eye, it seemed that the days just zoomed by and you only had hours left to finish a college application and two essays by midnight. While your friends yearn for the day they get their diploma, you secretly wish for time to slow down. You want enough time to catch your breath and enjoy the perks that senior year entails. Instead you feel that your foot is on the accelerator and you can’t slow down.

The good news is you are a good kid and any teacher will be proud to write a great letter for you, hopefully. You hope that the biology teacher remembers your unique award-winning project and you hope that the English teacher forgot your embarrassing paper. Those standardized test scores could be better, and you’re regretting those first semester grades on your transcript, but now isn’t the time to dwell in the past. Now is the time to market the past as appealing as you can.

So get back to your college application, and even if you’re a year away, start preparing now. This affects at least the next four years of your life. This is the time for action. Now is the time where the past seventeen years of your existence culminates into a few pieces of paper.

But no pressure, right?