By Prashanth Ramakrishna
Talks about college travel through the main high school corridor of SAS. Everyone from near-graduating seniors, to the newly arrived freshmen are talking, and starting last week, grade 11 counselors have begun meeting with juniors to discuss colleges. The sound of exasperation and annoyance could be heard in every 11th grade homeroom. Everything we’ve done over the past 16 years of our lives, all-leading up to one pinnacle point in our lives, right before exams.
Upon questioning ten random 11 graders, six of the ten students have already begun looking at colleges, and of those six students, four have spent their previous summer touring several colleges. Although many would say that the fact that their counselors are giving them advice about what to look for in a college when looking for a ‘good fit’, there are those who don’t see it the same way.
“It’s hardly helped so far, I already knew most of what they told me,” Says Konstantinos Chatziparaskevas, “It was interesting, and informational but not too helpful.”
Chatziparaskevas has started looking for colleges over the summer by visiting around 10 different colleges in the UK, and continues to look for a college in Europe.
While some people find the meetings pointless, and even annoying, there are others who believe that despite nearing exams, and stress levels shooting sky-high, discussing their future isn’t such a bad thing right now. In a call with Lucas Arndt, the soccer enthusiast and IBD student says that he’s started looking at colleges, however he hasn’t done a lot just yet.
“Yeah, I mean I visited a few colleges over the summer and I try to visit the colleges that go to our school.”
Lucas goes on to say that he believes talking to the counselors has “put in perspective the different types of colleges as well as their lifestyles and tuition rate”, and like most families, Lucas believes that his parents will support whatever choice he makes when applying.
Every year, right before winter break, and right before the end of the year, colleges become the talk of the town. There must be some reason to all this madness, some logic to this chaos. But for now, we’ll resort to listening to our counselors no matter how fun, or how mind numbing it’ll get.