This year, the senior class is working to complete and perfect the applications they will send to colleges. Each school has the potential of being the seniors’ new home for the next four years. Almost every senior has dealt with endless questions about college applications: “Where are you applying?” “What are you majoring in?” “How many colleges have you toured?” Some students love the questions; some hate them. Some say they feel overwhelmed; others say they are excited.
Senior Grace Melin has grown to enjoy talking about applications and future plans. “I think it is fun to have a conversation about it. It kind of gets repetitive but I enjoy it; it is a good conversation starter,” Melin said.
Melin’s college application process has been a little bit different than other people’s. Melin only applied to one university, Wheaton College. “Wheaton was the only school I wanted to go to and I am best friends with one of my brothers who I would be there with for his last year of college and my first year,” Melin said.
Melin has received a variety of reactions from people when they have discovered her unconventional college process. “Some people say that it is cool that I know where I want to go so much. Other people tell me it’s risky,” Melin said.
On the other end of the spectrum, senior Hayden Ochs prefers not to discuss the college application process with everyone he talks to. “The questions are annoying. They make me feel trapped, drowned, and suffocated. Where I apply is just my own personal decision and I feel like they will judge me if they don’t like my choices,” Ochs said.
Senior Maitland Luksan’s college search and process, similar to Melin’s, has been slightly unorthodox. Luksan is committed to playing lacrosse at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. “Since I know where I am going, it is not as stressful when people ask me questions about it. I think I would be more stressed if I didn’t know where I was going,” Luksan said