Seniors begin to act on college decisions

Even though many believe college decisions happen at the end of a student’s senior year, the timeline is much more elaborate.

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Senior Vic Manke decided to pursue his academic career at University of Iowa

Throughout the education system, teachers ingrain the idea that getting into college holds significant importance for a student; juniors and seniors are constantly questioned on their choices, favorites and commitments. The application process consumes the lives of 17-year-olds everywhere, but the schedule is unique for everyone. 

“I feel like when it’s time for me to apply it will probably be very overwhelming,” sophomore Sam Roffle said.

Applications may look intimidating, but with the portal Common App, it is easier than ever before. Prior to the technological advancements of today, students had to hand-write and mail applications, a much more complicated and tedious process. 

According to CNBC, college applications are steadily increasing. Since mid-November of 2021, the total application amount has increased by 22% over the previous year. 

“[The application process] is actually a lot easier because of the Common App,” senior Vic Manke said. “You can kind of click whatever colleges you want. Most of the ones I want to go to – and the one I’m in now – was through Common App.”

Having the privilege in 2022 to send college applications through virtual resources has encouraged students to send more applications. The ease of the process has proven very beneficial. 

“I applied to, I think, 10 or 11 colleges,” Manke said. “I didn’t really think about it until junior year; it wasn’t really a thought.”

Some assume that college applications happen at the end of a senior’s school year, but in order to be on time, most students start at the end of their junior year. Picking an institution to go to is a major life decision that requires time and patience. Everyone’s experience is different, and there is no right or wrong way to go about the application process.

“If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to not stress about it and give yourself time,” Manke said. “That’s the biggest thing. You don’t want to be rushing your decision because it’s the next big thing in your life.”

As the Sequoits at ACHS roll into commitment season, check out the unofficial and unaffiliated Instagram page @antiochseniors2022 to see students commit to further their education.