This piece was published in the September 2015 issue of the Prep News
College. It’s a big deal. A really big deal. So much so that our school has a department who work on nothing other than getting you into the right college. This service is incredibly useful and beneficial to students who have little knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the college search. That being said, there’s a different conversation we need to have about colleges.
This is probably going to be most useful for current seniors, but juniors and underclassmen, do not fret. The time will soon be upon you to make the college search, and there is nothing more annoying than being pestered by questions. Questions from family, friends, teachers, people you’ve just met—and there are really only two ways of responding to this.
One is to answer the questions as quickly and efficiently as possible. But, you come to realize that the more you answer questions, the more questions there are to be answered and the more people there are to question.
Eventually, the answers you’ve given will become habit and the decisions you once held so firm have gone through your head a thousand times. You’re beginning to second-guess some of them, adding to the anxiety already there from applying to colleges in the first place.
Or, you could ignore the questions and carry on with your life. This is kind of a poor thing to do, even though answering all those questions is annoying. Some people asking are genuinely interested in your future, and ignoring them gives the possibility of losing valuable information on the college application process and the schools themselves. It’s not their fault that there is only a certain number of questions one can ask about in regards to the college search.
So, as you can see, this puts a student in a difficult position. What’s the answer, then? Simple. Don’t ask useless questions.
This isn’t meant to call out anyone or raise any issues that aren’t there. But this piece is intended to address something that not many people are aware of.
Pressure and stress are serious issues for high school students. Constantly worrying about college doesn’t help. In fact, it is probably more of a hindrance than anything else.
Nothing helps a student when you ask them what they’re going to major in or whether they’ll live on or off campus in 2 years. While important, they are important for students later in their academic career. Not at this very second. Give them some breathing room.