Our oldest daughter Avery is in her senior year of high school and with that comes lots of “senior events” – buying cap and gown, senior pictures, applying to colleges. Lots of stress. LOTS.
Each college has its own application – of course. The Common Application that many colleges now use has made this process infinitely easier than before – thank GOD! However each college has its own essay questions and a few other requirements. Some have interviews. Then there are the scholarships to apply for and their endless essays and interviews.
Yes, I know we are very fortunate to have a daughter eligible to attend college – many others don’t and we are very thankful for that. (not the “many others don’t” part, but the “thankful that she does” part : )
With that said, Avery has applied to several colleges already: UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Duke, Brown, Davidson, NC State. She has only heard back from UNC-Wilmington so far and was accepted there, so we at least know she will be going to college, somewhere, next year. A few of these are “reach schools,” but I told her she didn’t want to go through life wondering if she could have gotten in. I am sure Brown doesn’t get a ton of applications from eastern North Carolina, and that may work in her favor. Fingers crossed!
I was a former high school teacher and have written numerous recommendations for students applying to colleges. This perspective and experience has helped now that I have my own daughter applying to colleges. With that said, I am on college and scholarship application overload. I have read and edited SO MANY essays! 7 schools! Oh and its no pressure at all. Just the only chance the admission staff has to really know anything about my daughter. Also each question has word limits (350, 150 or 100). Because of this EVERY word counts!! Again. No pressure.
I feel like I have applied to 7 colleges too! Well, I guess in a way I have – a part of me anyway. Oh yeah – and my money!!
I am proud of Avery for preservering and actually completing all these essays and applications. It’s a lot of work. Don’t even get me started on the FAFSA (application for financial aide) or the CSS (financial aide application for private colleges). These are brutal! You have to pull tax records, disclose info about bank accounts, real estate, retirement, savings, send in blood and hair samples, dental records, shoe sizes of all members of your family, if any member of the family has traveled outside the US in the last 6 months….. Okay, I am exaggerating. The blood samples and everything that follows is not part of it. It just feels like it! Many, many hours of my life have been spent on this. This is especially difficult to complete while watching a 3 year old too.
Avery is my favorite today as she embarks on this new phase of life.
Avery +1/0, Brooke +1/-1, Kate 0/0