It’s college application season and the class of 2020 are stressing out. Many seniors are facing similar experiences with their applications despite differences of income and ethicity.
Students are overwhelmed with making decisions which will impact their entire life. “I wanna die and I'm procrastinating on hitting submit because I’m scared that I’m choosing the wrong colleges. I’m scared that I won't get into any and that I'm choosing the wrong major. It’s just a mess,” said Estancia senior, Nancy Diaz, an Estancia student. Even though most students have finished their application, the pressure is stopping them from moving on.
Most applications are easy but the expectations and pressure they deal with is stressful. Kristine Lu, a student at Los Amigos High School, said, “It’s a lot less work than it’s made out to be but it still doesn't stop it from being extremely stressful.” For some students, the cost of college is very intimidating. Leah Thunstrom, a senior at Estancia said, “I've had no motivation for college applications. I want to go but the cost is scary and the stress is too much.” Other students struggle with paying for the applications. “The application fees have really been hard, it made me feel more limited on where I could apply to,” said Sarah Reich, an Estancia senior hoping to major in musical theater. Other students ,on the other hand, are having trouble completing the application being the first child in their family to do so. Athena Nova, an Estancia student, said, “I realized that I was doing the application wrong and i got off my chair and sat down on the floor and cried.”
Overall, most of the senior experienced something different but the end result was them being stressed over something whether it be the cost, the application itself, or just the overall pressure that comes with making such a decision.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo