Cambell Geibel ‘21: As seniors head into their final year of high school, they begin to look towards the future and all that lies ahead of them. At this point in the school year, many Romeo seniors find themselves in the process of applying to colleges. So many decisions come along with college applications. Looking at in-state vs. out-of-state colleges, SAT scores, and scholarships all play a big part in the admissions process.

When the governor issued the stay-at-home order last March, the school year got cut short, and the class of 2021 missed out on the chance to take the SAT in the spring. Colleges understand the unprecedented circumstances, and most waive the SAT score submission requirement. Instead, they take a holistic approach to evaluating students, focusing on their grades and extracurricular activities. 

Some students know exactly where they want to go and what major they want to pursue. 

“I already started the process of applying, and it’s a pretty cool experience. I’m mostly looking at Oakland University for business,” Owen Lackowski ‘21 said.

The admissions process appears a lot more stressful for those students still unsure of their future career plans.

“One thing that has surprised me is how long it took to fill everything out and how hard it is to think about what to write about,” Veronica Phipps ‘21 said. “I’m feeling kind of scared because I’m still not sure what I want to go into or do with my life yet.”

Happy to help with all questions and concerns regarding college applications, the counselors assist seniors greatly during this time.

My best advice for seniors is to organize and plan! Sometimes because the task can seem daunting, students procrastinate and the deadlines creep up on them and leave them completely stressed out!” HHP Counselor Amber Fountain said. “I tell all of my seniors to organize their calendar and set the dates for when they will do their applications, get letters of recommendation, and order transcripts.”

While applying to colleges overwhelms some students, with proper preparation and guidance, the process runs a lot smoother.

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