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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hewlett Happenings
College is among the choices we make
Elissa Candiotti
Elissa Candiotti

College. The simple word brings chills to high school students with overly congested, time-consumed schedules. It releases a cage of butterflies upon those perplexed, crazed seniors who are restlessly striving to answer the question: What’s the “right” or “best” college for me? Perhaps we’re too blind to see that there’s no concrete response to this question. It’s unanswerable.

The so-called “college fever” can easily become an incurable illness; some of us become so enthralled by the thought of being the best — attending the best. Others are unfortunately suffering from excessive pressure and high expectations that can become overbearing.

Luckily, seniors are blessed with the icing on their cake, the one and only, application process. Applications can become deadly. The thought of completing so many tedious questions, ranging from our date of birth to what we did last Tuesday is nauseating. It becomes an uneasy competition of yearning to be better than the applicant next to you.

Then, deadlines are imprinted in our minds, engraved in the back of our heads. And though the years will progress, I am confident that the date, Nov. 1, will remain a historic memory of mine.

The unavoidable stress derived from these applications reaches beyond the computer screen. Therefore, each Sunday I go for a long run. A run in which I release the anxiety built up within, alongside my great friend and fellow senior, Anthony Iannaci. Though our intention is to “run away” from the angst, we invariably find ourselves discussing exactly what we set out to avoid.

“Honestly, there’s no escaping these thoughts,” Iannaci admitted. “The magnitude of pressure that colleges put on each student is tremendous. ‘Should I apply here? Will I get in? What if I don’t?’ are all questions that run through my head on a daily basis. At times, it can be overwhelming trying to plan out every move you must make to apply to each school. But I cannot wait to see the word, ‘accepted.’”

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