How I Survived the College Application Process

Common AppBy Keteleyne Daly

What do most underclassmen think of when they picture senior year?

In my first three years of high school, I pictured parties every weekend and not having to care about schoolwork anymore.


Senior year is so much more than that and most students have to continue to “care” about schoolwork until the spring.  Sure, in the beginning of the year seniors are enjoying their last homecoming or soccer game, but the highlight of my fall was filling out the common app.

No, it’s not the most fun way to spend a Friday night, but finishing college applications are a huge necessity in the college process.

I would say the college process starts in the middle of junior year and for some, even before then. 11th grade is typically the time to start to prepare to take the SAT and ACT. It’s also the time to start the- pretty much only fun part about the college process-researching and visiting colleges.

Getting to see your potential home for the next four years is not only essential, but exciting. Part of choosing the right school is feeling out the vibe and making sure the environment suits you. Even if you can’t physically visit schools, most schools offer virtual tours on their websites that allow you to experience what it is like to be on their campus.

When submitting your common application, it’s important to start as early as possible. It’s very easy to procrastinate and wait until the last minute submit applications.

It costs around fifty to eighty dollars to submit applications depending on the school and that’s not the only cost. It costs money to send SAT and ACT scores.  A smart idea would be to put money aside for all of the expenses.

Another important factor of the common app is the essay.  Having people proofread your essay is essential.

Overall, I would have to say that the college process is definitely not something that can be done overnight, but it’s absolutely feasible. Going through it may be stressful, but it’s important to lean on your guidance counselors and parents for advice.

Most importantly, discuss the college process with your friends, because they are going through the same process as you, and in the end, when you get to go to the perfect school for you, it’ll all be worth it!