October

Diana is pushing ahead for November deadlines

Diana is a little less frustrated than she was last month, but only a little. Despite that frustration, she’s still refined her college application list and is on track to apply for the early, priority deadline for the schools on her list. Read all about her September below.

Meet the Class gets updated each month from September to May. Each installment features an interview about both the facts and the feelings of where the student is in the process.

Interviews may be edited lightly for clarity and grammar. Names may be changed to protect privacy. 

Diana ATTENDS A Public HIGH SCHOOL IN Texas

First, do you have any college-related activity this month? Any campus tours or interviews? Are you applying early anywhere that has a November 1 deadline?

This month I’m going to try and visit Texas A&M. Next month I’m visiting Baylor and U.T. Austin. I started working on my essay. If I can get everything done before November 1st then I’ll apply to the big Texas schools.

What else is going on for you at school? Are you active in any sports, clubs, and/or student government? What about outside of school? What else takes up your time and energy?

I’m Still working at Ralph Lauren. I’m still in photo. NHS. Spanish NHS. I’m pretty busy all the time.

How are you feeling about college applications right now? Has your mood changed in the past month?

My mood has gone from confused to stressed because now I’m out of time. But it’s fine because I’m working on it.

What is the mood of the other seniors at your school right now? Is college stress a part of the atmosphere?

A lot of other seniors that I know aren’t stressed at all, because they’ve been accepted to the school they want to go to.

The FAFSA opened up for students to start applying for financial aid this week. How ready are you for the paperwork? Will you fill it out soon?

I’m not ready for FAFSA because I don’t have all the paperwork. Except my family is pressuring me to do it anyway, because schools need it for merit based scholarships. But I don’t see a point in doing it until I have everything and FAFSA can give me SOMETHING.

How much, including application fees and other costs, do you think college applications are going to cost you this year?

It’s going to cost a lot. I don’t really want to think about it.

Do you have a sense of what you'd like to major in?

I really want to major in psychology and then go to medical school to become a psychiatrist.

Last month you were pretty frustrated that you weren't getting much information or help at school for college admissions. Has that changed?

It has not changed. They haven’t done much else. We’re starting senior conferences, but I’m pretty sure that’s just about our schedule for next semester.

Let's look at your college list as it stood last month:

University of Oklahoma (top choice)

Baylor

University of Texas at Arlington

Do you have any changes to that? Have you found any more Texas public colleges you're interested in?

Oklahoma is still my current top choice, but I’m also interested in Texas Tech & Baylor more than I was last month. I’m going to try to apply to those three for sure before November 1st.

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Katie is very (very, very) busy right now

I’m grateful that Katie was able to email me back this month, because she sounds really busy. She’s got a full schedule at school, a long college list with early audition deadlines, and a school play. Read all about her September below.

Meet the Class gets updated each month from September to May. Each installment features an interview about both the facts and the feelings of where the student is in the process.

Interviews may be edited lightly for clarity and grammar. Names may be changed to protect privacy. 

Katie ATTENDS A Private Christian HIGH SCHOOL IN Ohio

First, do you have any college-related activity this month? Any campus tours or interviews? Are you applying early anywhere that has a November 1 deadline?

I don't have anything official for colleges this month. I have one application due this month, the 15th for Wichita State. I also have prescreen due for Indiana University [a “prescreen” is a pre-recorded audition clip for acting programs]. My applications are due November 1 for Indiana University, Temple, Western Michigan, and University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. I am trying to get all of my applications done this month, and I am almost there.

What else is going on for you at school? Are you active in any sports, clubs, and/or student government?

I am in my school play right now. I am playing a supporting character as well as choreographing it, so that's my biggest school commitment right now. I am also in Model UN, and we have our first conference in December.

What else is going on for you outside of school? What else takes up your time and energy?

I honestly really don't have a life right now. I am taking more classes than I have since freshman year and almost all of them are college classes, so I am spending all my free time doing homework. I am spending a lot of time working on audition material for college auditions.

How are you feeling about college applications right now? Has your mood changed in the past month?

I am more concerned about college applications than I was last month. I was expecting to get more done than I did, so I am kind of playing catch up. I have quite a few prescreens due, which is really stressing me out. I am hoping to shoot them in the next few days, but I still don't know my material. I have recklessly submitted a few college applications, and that felt really great. I am looking forward to more gratification like that.

What is the mood of the other seniors at your school right now? Is college stress a part of the atmosphere?

I don't think anyone at my high school has even really thought about it. They all seem to be hoping that if they ignore it long enough, it will go away. I have one friend who has submitted their college applications, and I have helped another one a bit. But other than that, no one I know of has really thought about it or started the application process.

The FAFSA opened up for students to start applying for financial aid this week. How ready are you for the paperwork? Will you fill it out soon?

I have already started the paperwork for the FAFSA. I am hoping to get it done soon because the audition season is upon us, and I have so many other things to worry about. I think I am pretty prepared for the paperwork.

How much, including application fees and other costs, do you think college applications are going to cost you this year?

I know this year’s going to cost so much more than I would like it to. I am applying to so many schools, and I have extra fees for auditioning at most of my schools. I also have to travel to all of my auditions because all of the schools I am applying to are far from where I live. Then hopefully, if I have a choice of what school to go to, there will be college visits at the end of this process. My process is much more of a financial burden than the typical, but I am trying my best to keep costs down.

Let's look at your college list as it stood last month:

Penn State (top choice)

University of Hartford (top choice)

Ball State University

Central Washington University

Columbia College Chicago

Indiana University Bloomington

Minnesota State Mankato

Montclaire State

North Dakota State

Roosevelt University

University of Buffalo

Temple University

University of Central Missouri

University of Minnesota Duluth

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Oklahoma

University of Rhode Island

University of South Dakota

University of the Arts

Western Michigan

Wichita State

Do you still plan on applying to all of those, or have you already dropped some off the list? Any to add to the list?

I very recently dropped the University of Buffalo. The audition dates didn't work for my schedule, and it wasn't a top school in my eyes. I am considering not applying to the University of Rhode Island, but I am still unsure about that. No other schools have been added; I can barely handle all the ones I have right now.


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Jenna has completed a lot

It’s been a busy month for Jenna, and she’s staying on top of things, from planning the school Homecoming to getting her first college acceptance! Read all about Jenna’s past month below.

Meet the Class gets updated each month from September to May. Each installment features an interview about both the facts and the feelings of where the student is in the process.

Interviews may be edited lightly for clarity and grammar. Names may be changed to protect privacy. 

Jenna ATTENDS A Public HIGH SCHOOL IN Michigan

First, do you have any college-related activity this month? Any campus tours or interviews? Are you applying early anywhere that has a November 1 deadline?

As of right now I don't have a ton of college related stuff going on. I am attending the college rep visits at my school which is helpful since I can ask questions on the spot and it’s during school hours. After school I'm a bit busy and haven't had a ton of time to plan interviews, go on tours etc. I have started applying though! As of right now I have only applied to Wayne State and Central Michigan University. I applied the 1st of October and got accepted into Wayne on the 4th so I'm very excited. I was planning on focusing on college and retaking the SATs after homecoming because doing both at once would stress me out completely. Although I do hope to make the November 1st deadlines and update my scores later and getting those out of the way first.

What else is going on for you at school? Are you active in any sports, clubs, and/or student government?

As for school I am very involved, I enjoy keeping myself busy which is exactly what the clubs do. I'm not athletic in any way, I tried out for volleyball when I was a Sophomore and didn't make the team. Seeing how my year played out, I'm glad I didn't make it as my time would've been spread pretty thin. Anyways, I am in Student Gov. and right now we're in the middle of planning our first district wide homecoming hence why I haven't had much time to figure out college things. I'm also in Key Club, NHS and a new program at our school called One More Meal. I also recently signed up to be a 5th grade camp counselor so fingers crossed I make it as they had a lot of candidates this year.

What else is going on for you outside of school? What else takes up your time and energy?

Outside of school is mainly just trying to finish whatever it is I need to do for the clubs, meetings, homework and the occasional volunteering opportunities. It doesn't sound like much but can take up a large chunk of my day so then after I finish all of that, if I have time I will relax or take a break at least to eat and have a moment to take care of myself which I think is super important.

How are you feeling about college applications right now? Has your mood changed in the past month?

Right now I am feeling a bit more confident in the college application process. A month ago I was very anxious about it all but now I have already finished my FAFSA forms and have already applied to a few colleges so I think right now I'm doing well.

What is the mood of the other seniors at your school right now? Is college stress a part of the atmosphere?

As for the mood of the other seniors in my class seems to be pretty calm. Their minds are kind of on Homecoming too so it’s not a first thought but I do think once this all done, it'll turn into somewhat a mad house trying to meet deadlines, writing essay and applying for scholarships.

The FAFSA opened up for students to start applying for financial aid this week. How ready are you for the paperwork? Will you fill it out soon?

I've actually already filled out FAFSA. I did it the day it came out and as soon as I got home. I just thought to get it out of the way asap and it wasn't as bad as I thought honestly. It took my mom and I about an hour to fill it all out.

How much, including application fees and other costs, do you think college applications are going to cost you this year?

Some colleges are saying to apply now like Wayne and Central and I don't have to pay a fee or possibly don't have to write an essay which for me is a win-win because writing essays isn't exactly my favorite thing to do but it’s necessary to the process.

And if a fee is required and essays are due, that's fine too and since I do come from a lower income household i'll try to look for a fee waiver form but if not that's okay too but I honestly can't give you a rough estimate because I genuinely don't know. Some obviously will cost more than others to apply and some I won't need to pay.

Do you have a sense of what you'd like to major in?

Right now I'm interested in Biomedical. It allows me to be in the medical field but also it's something that probably won't die out. I still have time and might change my mind because for a while I was thinking about nursing. It'll more than likely be somewhere in the medical field as i really do enjoy helping people in anyways I can. I think the aftermath is a rewarding feeling.

Last month you were curious about the Common Application and how it works. Have you got any help with that? Are you ready to start working on it?

I also still have not gotten anymore information or help with The Common Application. I'll probably just talk to seniors that already graduated and ask them if I need help or have any questions and then if not i'll go to my counselor. Also for me this is something I’ll start after homecoming because I like to take my time writing essays to make sure they're well organized, thoughtful and concise.

Let's look at your college list as it stood last month:

Stanford (top choice)

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Dearborn

Henry Ford Community College

Michigan State

Central Michigan University

Madonna University

Do you have any changes to that?

I don't have any changes really to that list, I put all of those colleges on my FAFSA form and so we'll see soon what happens.

Thanks for reading! If you have college admissions questions for Jenna, leave a comment or email me. You can find Jenna’s past interviews and other Meet the Class responses here. Please send this to someone who would like to read it, or share it on your social networks.

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