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Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have five seniors blogging about ups, downs, and random in-betweens of their college process for the next 12 months (from June 2013 to June 2014!). Sit back, relax, and get that “OMG I totally get you, bro” feeling. Information for how to contact a blogger will be at the bottom of his/her posts.

Okay so you have heard truly terrible things about the first few months of senior year, as seniors are forced to juggle their difficult classes, multiple extracurriculars, and college applications all that the same time. Prepare yourself, ladies and gentleman, for a completely contrary point of view.

“A positive article about the start of senior year? Are you really going to say you’re enjoying yourself?”, imaginary people ask me loudly and angrily. AB-SO-LU-TE-LY.  The negativity brought to senior year, specifically the beginning, I have surmised is brought by people who either are thoroughly unprepared for the work they have been hit with or for college applications. or people who just don’t enjoy their schools. Even still, after discussing it with numerous people who were dissatisfied with the rest of their high school experience, senior year has a different feel to it than the rest. Will you be inundated with an amount of work prior unseen? Yes, most likely you will. Will you have to write an innumerable amount essays defending your good name to admissions departments who don’t know you? Again, I would say probably. The work load is strangely heavy, as the work is not simply writing things down from a sheet of paper, but rather using genuine intelligence and creativity to speak about oneself. But this is forced into redundancy as you realize several things have or are happening.

  • You’ve Done This Work Before: Are you kidding me? You just went through junior year and you are going to tell me you can’t just keep it going for a bit longer? To all those getting stressed out, just push past it for a bit longer until you know where your going and can relax a bit. You know what you’re doing. Just get it done.
  • YOU ARE A SENIOR: This is it for you! This is the grand finale, the hoopla, your “Exit  the Sandman” moment. Grab hold of it and squeeze every drop of knowing that you subtly run your school, that you’re he ones that are beheld in such high regard now. As you pull up in the senior parking lot, know that this asphalt was built for your exit. This is your time.
  • Where There is a Will, There is a Way: Attending college is a privilege that some disregard as one, yet they know not what they are privy to. But I am not one of those people and I know how difficult it can be for people when it comes to college and economic status. For those who worry about finances, there is a scholarship out there for everyone, especially those who need-based. For example, I found out about a scholarship for Egyptian-American students only, that is paired to top universities around the country. Things are difficult, but let us not forget about this, after all.

Last week was Spirit Week in my school, and for the first time in my high school career, not only did I feel fellowship between my senior peers, but I felt a comradery throughout the whole school. It may be that I see now through rose colored glasses, but is that such a bad thing? Am I not entitled to a bit of what Eduardo is so beautifully demonstrating here? I think not, and that, I think, is the common core of the misconceptions that adjoin senior year.

Get on top of your work, write your essays early as I have done (luckily), and you will have smooth sailing throughout. I go out to lunch with my friends on what has become a daily basis, but not simply to lay around and do nothing but talk (though a copious amount of time is spent doing so), but finishing our work and our many, many essays. For you freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who may chance upon this article, know you are in for a great time, but not to let the time you have slip away from you. I do hang out with my friends often, but a critical reason for my enjoyed social life is due in large part to the foundation I laid last year, both academically and extracurricular-wise. I am in many clubs and hold officer/board positions in several of them,  but yet I enjoy them even more so. Getting involved is crucial to enjoying yourself because without it, you are aimless and without a base to hold you firm.

I hope after all this that I have not been haphazard in describing my feelings. I suppose what I’m trying to acknowledge is that yes, you will do a lot of work, but if you do what you’re supposed to and get your college stuff finished early or even on time, listen to no one who tells you that the beginning of senior year is Hell. You already went through junior year.

Until next time, y’all.

~Salib Out

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