advice to seniors
You’re going to change more in this year than you ever have in your life. That’s okay. It’s going to be uncomfortable. You’re going to feel yourself being pulled in unfamiliar directions so allow yourself to try out these alternative routes. You’re going to look back at your freshman self in awe. You will not be that person anymore. Once again, it’s okay.
Your peers are also going through this. It can be intense and competitive if you’re applying to the same schools. Feel comfort that you’re not alone amid the discomfort of the tense atmosphere.
Right now, you’re overwhelmed. There are endless options in front of you, and paradoxically, that seems constraining. With the freedom of choice comes the paralyzing fear of messing it all up, of not doing enough to get it right. Now is the time to apply who you are, a wonderful, unique individual with countless gifts and passions!
Write your essay about something that’s important to you. You’ll spend so many hours looking at this essay, fine-tuning clauses, that even if it’s perfect, you’ll want to vomit when you read it before you submit it. It sounds cliche, but when you write about something you care about, it shows.
Make sure that you’re surrounded by people who build you up because it’s absolutely essential this year. Don’t use the excuse that you’re almost out of here anyways. You (and most likely those you’ll be seeking out) are undergoing the same intense pressure, and letting it out will do so much good for you. Set aside time to have fun!! You deserve it, and if you don’t do it, you’ll lose your mind.
Journal and be honest with yourself. Reflect on the progress you make each month and how your direction is changing.
Don’t procrastinate your applications!!!! They’ll be overwhelming and work-heavy from the start, and putting them off will actually make them impossible. Don’t sacrifice your options because it’s a short-term inconvenience.
This year is a tough one. However, you have big things to look forward to!! Dream of those things when you’re feeling miserable, and they’ll help propel you forward.