I Got Accepted . . . Now What?
by Angela Dauti
With the May 1st deadline just over a month away, many seniors all around the country, including myself, are nervous and anxious to commit to a university for the next four years. This time of year is an exciting one at BHS, with several ceremonies and events that commemorate the countless years of hard work and dedication that go into graduating high school. For many of my classmates and for myself, the college decision is not one that becomes clear to you overnight. This is a crucial time in all of our lives, and the pressure to make the right choice increases every day.
As acceptance and rejection letters come in the mail through the end of March, seniors can’t help but feel proud of their accomplishments, and sometimes lament their shortcomings. With so many options to choose from, how could one go wrong in their college decision? That’s the catch. You may get accepted to your dream school, but then find out that it would cost almost $60,000 per year to attend. How does that offer compare to a more reasonably affordable school that is not necessarily your favorite? What I’ve learned so far is that compromise is key. Although no student wants to hear that they need to compromise on what school they attend for the next four years, it is unlikely that the school that you choose will be perfect in every aspect.
Price is not the only controversial factor in choosing a college that is right for you. In many cases, seniors like me are not sure if staying close to home or moving farther away would be a better decision for their college experience. It’s hard to imagine yourself living in a completely new place in only a few months, and the students who know exactly where they want to enroll are seemingly few and far between. Indecisiveness is a high school senior’s worst enemy, and many of us are dealing with the mounting pressure day by day. Those students who applied Early Decision and committed to their dream schools before the rest are highly enviable, but equally rare. The trouble is that the advantages and disadvantages of each college are not always concrete, and do not always lead to conclusions about your preference! Waiting on your acceptance/rejection letters for months and months is tough, but deciding where to go afterwards is clearly even tougher.
Despite the countless difficulties of coming to a verdict on which college or university to attend, there is a myriad of positive outcomes that accompany the process. After May 1st, the stress will mostly be washed away and the excitement of starting a new chapter of life will surely fill every corner of my and my fellow seniors’ minds. Until then, you can probably find me making pros and cons lists for each of my potential schools and losing sleep over the big decision… Whatever you do, keep calm and trust your intuition! Good luck to the rest of the class of 2014.
Angela Dauti is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition