A Different College Application Experience

For most people, fall of senior year is filled with stress. Most of your free time is spent working on your college applications, essays, or even visiting schools. Personally, my experience has been a little different. Yes, I have had to write essays and respond to short answer questions, but most of my writing was not going to be read by a college admissions officer. Instead, my questions and essays were being sent to congressional offices so that I may be considered for a nomination to a service academy. So, if you think that having an admissions officer read your writing is stressful, try having a senator or congressman read it.

Not only is there essays, but fitness and health tests are required as part of the application as well. This only added to the tension that was already overwhelming me. It seemed that the checklist of things I had to get completed was never ending. A doctor’s appointment this week, an eye exam next week, fitness test this weekend, my schedule had zero free time. I felt as if I was being suffocated by my future. Each task that I had yet to complete was a weight pressing on me, hindering me, leaving me feeling helpless. But with the support of my family, I took a deep breath and focused on one thing at a time. As I became more focused, I got items checked off of my list and the weight was slowly lifted from my shoulders. Needless to say, college application time can be very overwhelming and stressful. It is extremely important to not let this get to you. Sit down, take a deep breath, and work through one item at a time, it will get done.

3 thoughts on “A Different College Application Experience

  1. It is interesting to see a different perspective of how an application process is to other people. Most people just assume that if your committed somewhere then your already in and you don’t have to do anything. I liked how you used lists to describe the amount of stuff you had to do, but that you found a solution rather than letting it get to you.

  2. I honestly never thought about what the college application process was like for a commit, especially to a military academy. The way that you describe it as a never ending checklist makes it sound harder than most people think. I am glad to hear that your family has been supportive of you throughout your never ending fitness and health tests and that you have an optimistic mindset of the whole process. Congrats on Navy!

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words! One of my goals of writing this piece was to show people the different their peers can go through depending on the type of university one is applying to. I am glad I got this across and hopefully brings light upon the military academy process!

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