Spare a suspicion on this Halloween for teenagers in your area who competence be wearing a condemned look. The ghost that stalks them is not any typical resounding apparition. It is a deadline appearing Wednesday for college applications.
With that in mind, Braden Longstreth took a mangle from his essay-writing labors a other day to carve a pumpkin that captures a sheer existence of a moment. The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Md., a comparison during Walt Whitman High School, combined a jack-o’-lantern expected to ring with college-bound students opposite America. The face declares: “COMMON APP DUE NOV 1.”
Call it App Anxiety.
The Common Application is an online portal that hundreds of thousands of students use any year to request to resourceful colleges. Another focus portal is called a Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success. Wednesday is a pivotal deadline for those who wish to request early in their comparison year of high school. There are some-more deadlines after in a tumble and winter. Colleges and counselors are propelling students everywhere not to get spooked, assuring them that they can and will find a propagandize that is a good match. But that is meagre comfort to teenagers letter all of those essays for certain prestigious schools that will spin down seven, 8 or even 9 out of any 10 applicants.
“The routine is stressful, deliberation a bulk of a situation, as good as a fact that we have a full bucket of propagandize work on tip of that, though a focus itself we haven’t found to be too difficult,” Longstreth told The Washington Post in an email Sunday night. “I have nonetheless to rigourously contention any applications, though we have created 3 essays for a Common Application and one for a Coalition Application.” Longstreth pronounced he hoped to contention all his applications before Halloween night.
His crony Mary Mei Longano, who lives around a dilemma from Longstreth, was busy writing one of her possess college essays on Saturday while he carved. Madeleine Longano took cinema of her daughter, Longstreth and a jack-o’-lantern, and sent them to The Washington Post after reading an letter Sunday about a vigour of college letter writing. The dual students have famous any other given they were not utterly 2 years old.
Mary Mei Longano, 17, a comparison during Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, pronounced she is requesting to 8 colleges, 3 with applications due Wednesday.
“I’m now stressing out about a whole process,” she wrote in an email. She pronounced she has to write 5 supplemental essays — responding specific questions from several colleges — in further to her categorical Common App essay. As of Sunday evening, she pronounced she had finished usually dual of a 6 compulsory essays. “So we won’t be fasten my friends for Halloween celebrations since I’ll be frantically perplexing to finish adult my applications.”
The dual teenagers did not divulge that schools are a objects of their interest. But that frequency seems unusual. To tell in allege where they are requesting could risk a Halloween jinx.